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    Default Where to park at LCA?

    Generous friends who gave us tickets to tomorrow's Red Wings game mentioned that parking is "always an issue". Where do people recommend parking?

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    It's around $40 to park in the garages by the arena. MGM is free and a 5-10 minute walk, which is probably your best bet. You can also park closer to Campus Martius in various garages for about $10 and walk for about 15 mins.

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    Or you can park cheaply (or free) further up Woodward and take the Q Line for $1.50

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    Park at founders for free. It's only a couple of blocks north of the stadium. Boycott the ilitch parking monopoly. I'd rather a short walk and a couple of beers than wasting money on parking.

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    Great advice, thank you so much. Also, will the venue be cold (because of ice)? It's possible that I have never been to a Red Wings game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal View Post
    Great advice, thank you so much. Also, will the venue be cold (because of ice)? It's possible that I have never been to a Red Wings game.
    No it will be a comfortable 68 or so. The refrigeration system only cools the immediate vicinity of the ice surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGrant View Post
    It's around $40 to park in the garages by the arena. MGM is free and a 5-10 minute walk, which is probably your best bet. You can also park closer to Campus Martius in various garages for about $10 and walk for about 15 mins.
    The only time I have been in Detroit since LCA has been open (the 1st hockey game Sept 24) I parked at a lot near Clifford/Cass and W. Elizabeth for either 20 or 25 bucks.

    One can always pay top dollar if they want to park 100 yards from a venue.

    In D.C. at Nationals Park the going rate for garage parking is $47 - 49.

    Scroll down to the Lot B and C.

    http://stadiumparkingguides.com/nationals-park-parking/
    Last edited by emu steve; March-21-18 at 04:39 PM.

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    The nights are cold (despite it being spring -- no news there ala this being Michigan). I err on light layers that open in the front should it get too hot once inside the venue. Best to you -- Let us know how things turn out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal View Post
    Great advice, thank you so much. Also, will the venue be cold (because of ice)? It's possible that I have never been to a Red Wings game.

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    I park in Brush Park, on the residential streets...almost always. I've never had an issue. A few weeks ago, I tried to park at Founders, but found it crowded. We parked one block north, at the Peterboro...a small Chinese restaurant. They will let you park your car, and have a guard to watch it. The walk is about 15 minutes...tops.

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    http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/...e2c336fbde.jpg

    The only issue i've heard of and been part of, is if you park in the main LCA Garage, Henry Garage or Red Surfaces Lots. They direct all traffic south on Cass to the Service Drive and direct you West to Grand River/75 South/10 North. They had barricades up on Cass and would not let you cross over the freeway overpass. Season Ticket Holders in the garage have complained about the time it takes to get out of the garage when an event ends.

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    Eat at Harry's Bar (best bar in Detroit in the opinion of many) just steps from LCA and park for free.

    (Harry's is at the NE corner of Clifford and I-75 from which one can throw a rock and hit LCA.)

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    Directly across 75 it drops to $20 and continues dropping the further south you go. You can find $5 in some of the lots around Cass & Bagley (just under a mile walk) and then head down Fort to the Lodge to get out of town quicker.

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    At least now you know why there's so many empty seats at wings games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 401don View Post
    At least now you know why there's so many empty seats at wings games.
    $5.00 for a bottle of water.....$10.00 small cup of beer.

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    We just walk from our Lafayette Park neighborhood to woodward (8 minutes), Qline up for 1.50, ( good for three hours ), there is lots of freeparking on lafayette, joliet, nicolet etc..Anyone coming downtown could easily do the same. Why get your wallet raped by the Illitch empire or someone, This way, you also get some exercise and burn some calories, something everyone needs.

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    ^^^ Yes, I refuse to pay the -'adjusting' upwards in price as they choose- per event, sky high prices downtown. There are alternates if you can manage a walk to the venues.
    Last edited by Zacha341; March-25-18 at 11:03 AM.

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    I've learned to take a pack of gum, chew that - less calories. Drink water in the car pre-event, go out for adult beverages later........

    Quote Originally Posted by Smirnoff View Post
    $5.00 for a bottle of water.....$10.00 small cup of beer.

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    MGM and Greektown are getting wise to folks using their parking to go elsewhere. Sometimes they screen at some of their parking entry gates requiring you to show your gambling rewards 'card' in order to park.

    Quote Originally Posted by EGrant View Post
    It's around $40 to park in the garages by the arena. MGM is free and a 5-10 minute walk, which is probably your best bet. You can also park closer to Campus Martius in various garages for about $10 and walk for about 15 mins.
    Last edited by Zacha341; March-26-18 at 05:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetBill View Post
    We just walk from our Lafayette Park neighborhood to woodward (8 minutes), Qline up for 1.50, ( good for three hours ), there is lots of freeparking on lafayette, joliet, nicolet etc..Anyone coming downtown could easily do the same. Why get your wallet raped by the Illitch empire or someone, This way, you also get some exercise and burn some calories, something everyone needs.
    One of the purposes of mass transit is what you describe.

    It isn't necessary, and shouldn't be necessary, for everyone going to a particular venue to park at that site.

    I went to the March For Our Lives in D.C. yesterday and almost eveyone took mass transit to get there.

    I got home after the end of the program almost as quickly as if I was trying to get home from work in rush hour.

    It cost me $2.00 to park at a Metro parking lot and about 4 bucks (round trip, with a discount) for the round trip subway ride from Northern Virginia.

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    Thanks for all the good advice about where to park near LCA last week.

    We parked on the street (free) on Second near Charlotte, and ate at the wonderful Founders Taproom on Charlotte. Founders has a small parking lot that was full when we arrived at 5 PM. Walked the two blocks to LCA.

    Parking lots that we saw near LCA were charging $30-$47.

    We didn't buy food or drink inside LCA (bottled water cost $5 as stated above).

    Our mezzanine seats were shallow (front to back) and narrow. I would not sit in seats like those again, even for free.

    We were grateful to our friends for the tickets, but were sad to know that the total cost of "going to the game" would probably be out of reach for many.

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    Park free at the MGM Grand Casino Self Serve Garage ( maybe) $$$$$$.

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    Take the Q-Line, The Dan Gilbert and Mike Illitch Jr. wants from Detroiters and suburbanites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal View Post
    Generous friends who gave us tickets to tomorrow's Red Wings game mentioned that parking is "always an issue". Where do people recommend parking?
    If you're coming from the Woodward corridor I recommend you take the SMART 461/462. It has an LCA stop and runs every 15-30 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal View Post
    Thanks for all the good advice about where to park near LCA last week.

    We parked on the street (free) on Second near Charlotte, and ate at the wonderful Founders Taproom on Charlotte. Founders has a small parking lot that was full when we arrived at 5 PM. Walked the two blocks to LCA.

    Parking lots that we saw near LCA were charging $30-$47.

    We didn't buy food or drink inside LCA (bottled water cost $5 as stated above).

    Our mezzanine seats were shallow (front to back) and narrow. I would not sit in seats like those again, even for free.

    We were grateful to our friends for the tickets, but were sad to know that the total cost of "going to the game" would probably be out of reach for many.
    My view on sport events is mixed (I go back to the days of B x W TV):

    1). Tickets to sporting events, pro and college (except EMU ) are too expensive. One shouldn't have to spend a month's food budget to attend a game. When in doubt, buy the food.

    2). That said, when I watched my first Tigers' game on a B x W TV, few games were shown each year. So it was pay up or listen on some AM radio. No replays. No multitude of cameras.

    So we charge too much and price too many out of the market for tickets, BUT give them free or nearly free access via those nice HD TVs in their homes. Replays. Many cameras.

    Someone can watch 16 Lions' games for essentially nothing. Other sports require the purchase access to the local sports network (Fox Sports Detroit, in this case).

    Cup half empty/half full. Complain about the cost of Lions' tickets, parking, bottled water, etc. etc. but one can sit home and watch on HD TV, get some cheap pizza and beer (or water), etc. and not feel guilty about over-spending.

    P.S. I believe the Tigers' will get more $ this year from MLB for national TV rights + local Fox Sports Detroit than they will get in ticket revenues.

    MLB (and other sports) are TV creations.
    Last edited by emu steve; March-26-18 at 10:43 AM.

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    Excellent thoughts, emu steve.

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