Paying to Park
Dan Snyder, eat your heart out!
Ever since 1997, when I first started coming to Daytona for the 500 weekend, the cost of parking in private lots across from the track has been jacked up by $5 to $10 each year. I think we paid about $10 or $15 the first year on the day of the 500. Last year we paid either $50 or $60. It's usually a dime less on Busch race days.
This morning I stopped and sweet-talked a nice lot operator into letting me park for a half an hour in his lot so I could say hello to my racing buddies. His lot was asking 60 bucks a pop for the day. I saw a $50 lot right next door at the Uno's Restaurant and Ramada Inn just by the corner of Bill France Blvd., where I found my friends, Joe Pagels and his sister Debbie Cusato. They'd found a spot at the Volusia Mall for $40, still pretty steep.
Debbie and Joe commiserated on the price of the parking over beer, burgers and Bloody Mary's. I couldn't hang long with them, but I'm going to spend tonight with them to talk about old times and make some new memories. I'll post on that tomorrow. I'll double-check the parking prices again in the morning. Can we hit $75?
I hope this post doesn't give Mr. Snyder (no relation, by the way) any ideas.
You can read about my first trip to Daytona with Joe in a lengthy feature I wrote before I came down to blog this year.
By Mike Snyder |
February 18, 2006; 5:36 PM ET
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