Additional parking secured for games Spaces compensate for construction decrease

August 21, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Stadium Authority announced yesterday that it has made arrangements for additional parking for fans attending Orioles games to compensate for the decrease in available parking in the Camden Yards lots because of the construction of a new football stadium.

The MSA said it has identified nearly 4,000 parking spaces near Camden Yards that should offset the loss of 2,600 spaces in lots D and E. The construction at Camden Yards began Aug. 1 and will continue throughout the remainder of the baseball season.

"The availability of nearly 4,000 spaces adjacent to and within easy proximity to Oriole Park at Camden Yards should ease the loss of spaces taking place on the ballpark's public lots," said Bruce H. Hoffman, the executive director of the MSA.

The MSA negotiated for 300 spaces at Russell and Hamburg streets, on the properties of Lee Electric and Caplan Glass, on the west side of Russell Street.

The University of Maryland at Baltimore has agreed to allow baseball fans to park in a total of 1,000 spaces, at the Penn Street garage, 700 W. Pratt St. (300 spaces), the Pearl Street garage, 622 W. Fayette St. (300 spaces) and The Baltimore Grand, 5 N. Paca St. (400 spaces).

Hoffman said there are also more than 2,600 spaces available from both city-owned and private facilities within walking distance of Camden Yards.

The city-owned facilities are at 221 N. Paca St. (300 spaces), 99 S. Howard St. (350), 11 S. Eutaw St. (300) and 405 W. Lombard St. (50). Hoffman said there are 1,630 spaces at private garages on 50 W. Conway St. (80), 100 S. Gay St. (300), 30 E. Lee St. (150), 100 E. Pratt St. (850) and 110 W. Lombard St. (250).

Joe Foss, Orioles vice president of business and finance, responded to the MSA's announcement yesterday with the following statement: "We appreciate the efforts made by the University of Maryland systems, Caplan Glass and Lee Electric in providing 1,300 new parking spaces. The additional [2,600] spaces referred to by the MSA already exist. Nobody wants the parking problems at Memorial Stadium visited upon Camden Yards. We will continue to aggressively work with the governor's office to reach a satisfactory solution for 1997."

Hoffman said the charge for parking at these garages will be comparable to what it costs to park on the public lots at Camden Yards.

The MSA is trying to inform fans about the Mass Transit Administration options available to Camden Yards. MTA brochures have been distributed during recent homestands.

"We will do everything possible to minimize the problem at Camden Yards," Hoffman said.

Pub Date: 8/21/96

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