Sometimes it goes up; sometimes it goes down; sometimes it’s even free.
We’re talking about the fluctuating prices you pay to park at Germain Arena.
Parking on Friday for Cirque du Soleil was $15. When Donald Trump was in town, it was $5.
People looked at the parking fee on Friday, backed up and parked down the road at Miromar Outlets instead.
“I’ll do the little five-minute walk, no problem. I’d rather walk than pay $15,” said Monica Laura. “That makes no sense.”
When Annabel Laura came to Germain Arena on Friday to see a typical youth hockey league match, she didn’t realize the parking fee was so high, so she decided to park elsewhere and walk.
“We never know what price this is going to be… fifteen dollars, five dollars,” she said.
She said she’s paying the price for Cirque du Soleil being in town and believes the price has been pumped up because of how many people are expected to attend.
“It’s price gouging,” she said.
Scott Lockhart is attending the show. He said he understands that it’s business. Patrons had questions after attending the Trump event earlier this month. It was $5 then and tripled for Friday night’s show.
“I can understand why they would need to change; it depends on what act is coming in,” he said.
“Cirque du Soleil is worth more than Donald Trump, so I understand.”
NBC2 spoke to a Germain representative who didn’t want to talk on camera. He said although he didn’t want to justify the price of parking, he said figures are based upon varied factors, including the event and the number of people expected.
“Maybe they are not expecting it to be as full for this event,” Lockhart said.
“A standard price is what should happen,” Annabel Laura said.
The rep said management decides the parking fee and does offer free overflow parking through Miromar Outlets for those who want it.
Several people refused Friday to pay the fee and ended up parking over at the mall.
“If you don’t want to pay for it, you can go over there. I mean it still makes me upset that they do it, I don’t like that.. but they can do it,” Monica Laura said.
Cirque du Soleil runs through Sunday, Oct. 2, at Germain Arena.