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Daniel Snyder and Parking

The Philly Inquirer reports today that parking is going up from $11 to $20 this season. $11, really? What a deal. The Inky says that this $20 is still significantly less than East Coast NFLers like the Ravens ($25), the Skins ($30) and the Patriots ($35). Why it should cost more to park in the nether regions of Prince George's County than in downtown Washington is something I still haven't figured out. But believe it or not the $30 doesn't outrage me, since I find a nice three-hour tailgate to be considerably more enjoyable than many football games, and $30 is cheaper than a game ticket. Of course, you could also pay $750 for a season pass. Man, sports are a racket.

If each of these people got a soda, it would cost $65. (Joel Richardson - TWP)

Anyhow, Dan Shaughnessy, in the course of calling the preseason consumer fraud, says that Patriots parking is actually $40. (He also asks BBBelichick about the number of preseason games, and gets this response: "It's whatever it is." A nice twist on "it is what it is. Coming up next: "it's wherefore it is.")

The league average for parking was $16.31 in 2005; at the time, the Skins were tied for the league lead in both hot dog cost ($5.00, with Houston and Seattle), soda cost ($5.00, with Baltimore) and beer cost ($7.00, with Baltimore and St. Louis).

Where were we? Oh yeah, parking. City Paper writer and Sports Bog neighbor Dave McKenna reports this week that Daniel Snyder's parking hijinks are spreading around his empire. Snyder's cronies have stamped out parking competition around a New England Six Flags park by claiming it's--heard this one before?--a safety hazard. The competition doesn't agree.

Tony Cirillo, a businessman in Agawam who had been parking 100 cars a day on his lot adjacent to Six Flags before the ban kicked in, seconds Palazzi's emotion. "This was never about safety," Cirillo says. "That guy [Mark] Shapiro knows it, but he actually heckled me [at a hearing], called me 'pathetic.' He gets up in his $2,000 suit and thinks he can just take advantage of people here. He's just a stooge for Dan Snyder."

The mayor says he wants everyone to park on the same side of the street; one of the set-upon rival parkers who was fined for his insolence actually is on the same side of the street as the park. Meanwhile, the competition has started talking Six Flags and safety hazards and chopped-off feet. Ah, Mr. Daniel-son. Spreading goodwill, near and wide.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 17, 2007; 11:24 AM ET
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What a little creep.

Posted by: dawg | August 17, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

One of my first beats at my last newspaper was covering Agawam and Six Flags. Six degrees, anyone?

Posted by: Red Sox Monster | August 17, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Metro officials can't restrain their unbridled joy.

Three cheers for Addison Rd. Metro!

Posted by: | August 17, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I forgot another reason why I support DC United. Dan Snyder.

Posted by: Dan Snyder is pyssant! | August 17, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

In 2006, after nearly 30 years as a season ticket holder, Dan Snyder convinced me to watch the Redskins home games from my easy chair. $109.00 for a corner of the end-zone seat convinced me. I remember the parking being $35 not $30. My memory is kinda shaky though.

Posted by: Charlie | August 17, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, Charlie when Dan's taking your money out of your wallet at such a high rate, it's always difficult to tell how much you're paying to who.

I can't wait for them to charge $5 to get the PG Patdown at the gate.

Posted by: Kim | August 17, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Remember when you weren't allowed to WALK into Fed Ex Field? You had to pay and take a bus in?That was a serious racket. Absolutely absurd.

Posted by: The Fun Bunch | August 17, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Given the performance on the field, and the rapacious policies of the owner, why do folks continue to support the 'Skins so heavily?

Posted by: Rob | August 22, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

$12 for parking at RFK for United games is manageable. I wish I weren't a Redskins fan.

Posted by: sitruc | August 26, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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