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Cardinals game parking leads to concerns over pricing, safety

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On Cardinals home opening day, lots were charging up to $60 for parking. On Cardinals home opening day, lots were charging up to $60 for parking.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Parking lots surrounding Busch Stadium have security measures put in place by the city, but the price they charge Cardinals fans to park is not regulated to keep fees reasonable.

For Monday's home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers, some fans had to dig deep into their pockets to find the cash for a parking spot close to the stadium, with some lots charging up to $60.

The season's second home game saw a price drop from $60 to $20 in the lot across from Busch and one game attendee told News 4 he only paid $10 to park for Wednesday's game.

According to city officials, roller coaster pricing for baseball game parking is about supply and demand, and the profits.

"It's like anything else, the government doesn't get to determine the cost of housing or the cost of parking," said Frank Oswald, building commissioner for the city of St. Louis. "It's what the market bears."

Unlike parking prices, the city has regulated the safety of the lots since 2011, requiring security personnel to remain on the lots until an hour after the game ends. Lot owners who do not comply with the regulations can lose their permits.

"What we do is have a crew of inspectors who go out and inspect on a regular basis. Not at the same time, but we do go out quite frequently," said Oswald.

So far the city has not yet had to revoke any of the parking lot permits.

Despite not regulating parking prices, the city benefits from the higher prices during baseball games and special events through a five percent parking lot tax.
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