Buffalo, New York – December 28, 2010
When sports fans, who have come to see their team play, are ripped off by Buffalo parking lots surrounding the H$BC arena, those fans may not want to return. Bad for Buffalo, bad for tourism and poor optics for any future events in Buffalo or the H$BC arena.
Canadians who purchased tickets ($70.00) to watch Team Canada (Canada-Czech Republic game) at the World Junior Hockey Tournament in Buffalo, at the HSBC arena, were horrified at the price of parking upon arrival.
After driving for hours to the border and then waiting for up to three (3) hours to cross the border, hockey fans who arrived at the HSBC arena expected to pay about $15.00 for parking, were confronted with astronomical prices – up to $60.00.
The overall price of the expensive experience was $130.00 (excluding the cost of fuel, food or sports memorabilia) for one person taking in the game.
In the end, it was a game worth participating in as Team Canada were able to defeat the Czech Republic 7-2, giving Canada 2-0 in the overall standings at the World Junior Hockey Tournament.
The World Junior Hockey Tournament in Buffalo, New York commenced on December 26, 2010 and concludes on January 5, 2011.
Update: December 31, 2010 – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is calling on the New York State Attorney General to investigate high parking lot prices near the HSBC Arena during the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Peter Cutler, a spokesman for Mayor Brown, says the city is may be able to revoke licenses from parking lot operators that charge more than the maximum price listed on the license request.
Cutler also says companies which contract with the city to operate city owned lots are limited to charging no more than $15 per event.
While the lot run by Pay-2-Park at the former Donovan Building does not fall into that category, Cutler wished to remind all those attending the games that there are many lots in the vicinity charging as low as $7 to park, and to advise that various means of available mass transit can get fans to and from the games for even less than that.