Bad news, boys. It is now clear, after three games, that a whole new myriad of parking problems now plague Dodger Stadium in 2013.
I appreciate that it's the Opening Series, against the Giants, and that two of the games were sellouts. But our personal experience plus the experiences that we've heard from our readers indicate that the new system has lost ground in efficiency, rather than gained ground. It comes down to three causes:
- 1. They've moved diagonal parking inside the interior ring. This is a disaster as drivers have to back up into oncoming traffic, holding up main traffic lanes and arteries in order to get out of their spots. Getting out of Lot G (behind the pavilions and scoreboards), for example, is particularly treacherous.
- 2. The cones allowing for egress from the outside (general parking) lots, directing out the main arteries out of the stadium, have disappeared. As a result there is complete anarchy as drivers try to get out of the general parking lots--this was definitely our experience trying to get out of Lot 1 (left of the Sunset Gate).
- 3. They have cut back on human parking attendants, particularly those directing pedestrian traffic into the crosswalks. As a result, people are walking everywhere in between oncoming traffic, snarling traffic on the main rings again.
We're interested to hear if you readers have experienced any of these issues. Opening Day was a disaster exiting the Stadium, but I can give that a pass; but this can't continue.
Dodger Stadium has suffered from parking efficiency issues for years. Recently, many of these issues had been abated when attendance fell precipitously. But if Guggenheim Management expects the Dodgers to draw again, fixing the parking issues is a critical area to address and improve, in order to keep the customer experience top-notch.
SoSG is happy to help consult (for a fee). We'll be waiting for Kasten's call!