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City may hike Padres parking prices

Posted: 6:08 PM, Mar 10, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-11 02:08:46Z

The San Diego Padres didn't raise ticket prices in anticipation of the 2016 season, but going to games this year could get more costly for about 1,500 parking spots near Petco Park.

On Thursday, a city agency called Civic San Diego got closer to raising prices at two of the biggest garages Padre fans use -- Park it on Market and the 6th and K Parkade.

The event price would increase from $12 to $15 -- a 25 percent hike -- in time for the Padres' opening day.

"Oh yeah, it definitely makes a difference," said Carlos Rios, a Chula Vista resident who told 10News it costs him at least $100 to take his wife and two kids to games.

The proposal comes as the Port of San Diego weighs raising prices for thousands of parking spots along the waterfront. Both agencies say they would still undercut the private lots.

Ryan Stewart said he avoids the lots altogether by taking a Lyft to Petco Park.

"It drops us off right in front of the stadium; it costs like $9," he said.

Rios said he always finds ways to take his family to the games.

"It'll be hard, but I think we'll manage it if we decide to come to the games," he said.

Rios said he can't afford Charger games because the tickets are more expensive and parking at Qualcomm Stadium costs $25.

Civic San Diego expects to make the decision on parking on March 23. It would raise $100,000 a year -- money that would go to maintenance and potentially funding new garages.