SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Springfield Cardinals fans will be paying more to park when they come to Hammons Field this season.
Fees for the parking lot across from the stadium and the garage across from Jordan Valley Park have increased to $20 on game days.
The Cardinals have nothing to do with the parking lots’ price, and they are worried about ticket sales.
“We’re very disappointed in the announcement,” said Dan Reiter, vice president, and general manager of the Springfield Cardinals, “whenever we were told about it we were very disappointed because of our fans. We love our fans, they’re great to us, we hate it for them.”
Reiter said they’ve been planning the entire season this year and didn’t find out about this until late March, “to find out news like this so late in the planning was really disheartening and really disappointing for us.”
He said they’re worried this might affect ticket sales, “it’s an unfortunate situation where when the Cardinals don’t own, manage or lease any of the lots, it really is up to the discretion of the individual lot owners if they’re going to charge, and how much.”
The two parking lots that are raising their prices are both heavily used during game days.
“The two lots that are in question are the lots located between St. Louis and Trafficway, directly South of the stadium, and then also the parking garage that’s near the expo center,” Reiter explained.
Businesses around the field KOLR10 spoke to said they have to look out for people parking in their lots on game days now that a lot of people have already decided not to pay $20 to park in those lots.
“It seemed like a pretty big jump,” said Matt Netzer, owner of the Dugout Bar & Grill, “generally, we let our customers park here for the games, so if it becomes a problem, we’ll have to deal with it. We’ll probably just put signs. Yeah. If you want to come here, yeah you can park here.
“Even though we don’t own it, we don’t control it, we want to help communicate it with our fans so they can find the most affordable option for them,” Reiter said.
Reiter said you can always use rideshare apps, and there’s also some downtown businesses who reached out to him, thinking maybe they can help share some spaces during the game day as well.
Reiter will give that information to the public after they get it figured out.
KOLR10 also tried to reach out to the owner of those parking lots but didn’t get a response yet.