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OC Register: Angel Stadium parking price increase catches some by surprise

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ANAHEIM — Baseball was back at Angel Stadium this week and with it came the sticker shock of new parking prices.

The fee for general parking at Angel Stadium increased from $10 to $20 this season, with many fans not realizing it until they arrived at the ballpark for the Freeway Series games against the Dodgers on Monday and Tuesday.

“During the 2023 Season, Angel Stadium parking prices include a $10 option for all Season Seat and Mini Plan Holders, while General Parking is now $20,” the Angels said in a statement to Southern California News Group on Tuesday.

“An affordable fan experience at Angel Stadium continues to be a top priority of the Organization. The Angels offer a $44 Family Fun Pack that includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas, while the Angels Team Store sells an Angels hat or a t-shirt for under $10, and a $4.50 beer is available at concession stands throughout the ballpark.”

By comparison, Dodger Stadium raised its parking price to $27 per game this season when purchased in advance and remained $30 at the gate. One vehicle can be charged as much as $60 for a single Dodgers game for preferred parking when purchased at the gate.

While the city of Anaheim receives a portion of Angel Stadium parking revenue, spokesman Mike Lyster said the city is not involved in setting the venue’s parking prices.

The city receives 25% of revenue after $4 million has been collected in parking and also receives $2 per ticket after the team reaches 2.6 million fans in any one season. Other miscellaneous revenue also goes to the city.

According to the City of Anaheim, the most it has received in revenue during a single season was $1.8 million in what it called the “2005-06 season.”

Higher parking prices were fans’ first glimpse at changes since longtime owner Arte Moreno decided in January that he would not sell the team, which was a move he began to explore last summer.

In a statement that came as a surprise on Aug. 22 of last year, the club said financial advisers Galatioto Sports Partners were being hired to look into a possible sale.

“During this process, it became clear that we have unfinished business and feel we can make a positive impact on the future of the team and the fan experience,” Moreno said in a Jan. 23 statement. “This offseason we committed to a franchise record player payroll and still want to accomplish our goal of bringing a World Series Championship back to our fans. We are excited about this next chapter of Angels Baseball.”

The move to raise parking prices comes as the Angels hope to re-sign star pitcher and hitter Shohei Ohtani, who was the American League MVP in 2021, the MVP runner-up last season and the leading man in Japan’s run to the World Baseball Classic title earlier this month.

Ohtani, who will reach free agency after making $30 million this season, is widely believed to be in line for baseball’s first $500 million contract, with some estimates going as high as $600 million.

Ohtani is set to take the mound in the Angels’ season opener Thursday night in Oakland while batting third in the lineup.

Staff writer Heather McRea contributed to this story.

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1 minute ago, Taylor said:

Until Hooters becomes abreast of this secret and decides to charge non-customers for parking.

I had been going for years and doing the same thing. Tons of other people know about it, although haven’t been for a few seasons because of work and kids so might have changed. I vaguely remember a small fee if you go closer to game time, but could be wrong. 

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