Frustrations grow over KC Current season ticket parking cost

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More frustration is coming out about the KC Current’s plan to charge season ticket holders $50 plus fees to park at each home match.

The club continues to dodge FOX4’s questions about how it decided on that fee and if parking lot construction will even be done before the first match in three weeks.

With 13 home games on the schedule, that means many fans are paying more for parking than for their season tickets.

With just three weeks until the KC Current’s first match of the season, some fans are looking at selling their season tickets.

“I’m contemplating it,” Lee McClinton said, a season ticket holder. “I really don’t want to because I’m a huge fan.”

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McClinton’s been a season ticket holder for three years. She’s spent months trying to get parking information from a team representative.

“It was always, ‘we’re working on it, we’re working on it, we’ll get that information to you soon before the start of the season.’ Yeah, three weeks before,” she said.

McClinton’s disabled, so taking the streetcar and walking two miles from the River Market to the stadium isn’t possible. Plus, she doesn’t have enough to cover the $700 plus fees for parking.

“I can walk maybe a block or two, but I can’t walk two miles,” McClinton said.

Thursday, FOX4 learned that Bally’s Casino, right across from CPKC Stadium, is offering fans a parking package. It costs $75, which guarantees you a spot along with a $25 gift card to sports bar “Chickie’s and Pete’s.”

Still, it’s expensive, considering Sporting KC has a deal with Hollywood Casino where fans can park for free, get a shuttle to Children’s Mercy Park and a $10 casino voucher.

Back at Berkley Riverfront, construction to extend the streetcar here from the River Market is slated to begin next Friday. The two-year project would get fans within a 5-minute walk to the stadium.

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Meanwhile, the KC Downtown Neighborhood Association is organizing a “walking tailgate” on March 16. A flier promises a 30-minute walk from the Town of Kansas Bridge at 2nd and Main to the stadium.

“I think the price of the parking will encourage a lot of people to carpool and find alternatives,” said Peter Carnesciali with the association.

The club has promised more details about off-site parking options and shuttle services but so far nothing about that entails.

FOX4 looked up how much an Uber would cost for people coming in from Olathe and Lee’s Summit. It’s around $40.

Biking was another option the team mentioned, yet we haven’t seen a bike rack where people could leave those.

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