Yankee Stadium Parking Becoming Even Bigger Debacle

Derek Jeter may be feeling a little sore after some tough contract negotiations with the Yankees, but he’s got nothing on New York City’s taxpayers. Even after parking prices rise significantly next year, taxpayers will likely continue to help bail out the financially struggling Bronx Parking Development Corporation, which operates parking at the new Yankee Stadium. The parking operator is already in financial trouble in its first year, unable even to capitalize on the 2009 Yankees’ World Series win and the 2010 Yankee playoff games.

According to the stadium facilities’ 2011 operating budget, parking is expected to bring in less revenue than overall operating expenses, creating a budget hole of $190,888. This is despite the fact that next year’s parking rates will jump by $12 for self-parkers (from $23 to $35) and $10 for valet ($35 to $45).

The financing of the new stadium parking included $237 million in tax-free bonds and $100 million in city and state aid. Still a subsidy darling, Bronx Parking Development has been given a deferment from NYC of its rent payments for the rest of the year. That’s because the corporation was barely able to pay its October 2010 bond payment and is expected to lack the funds to make its next $6.8 million payment in April 2011.   If it defaults on its payments, NYC will have to seize the property given that the lot is on city-owned land.

Back when the new stadium was being discussed, Tri-State and groups such as Good Jobs New York opposed the bond sale because of the public subsidies, because garages would be built on desperately needed park land, and because the new stadium would be built with 3,600 more parking spaces than the old, despite the addition of a new Metro-North rail station.

Supporters of the increased parking argued that it would create more revenue for the city and additional jobs — about 20 full-time and 70 part-time positions, to be exact.  Investing in better Bronx transit could have supported far more than 90 jobs, and spared the city the embarrassment of being way out of the ballpark on its projections.

4 Comments on "Yankee Stadium Parking Becoming Even Bigger Debacle"

  1. Spencer Scott | December 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm |

    Maybe they can turn the parking garages into housing or office space. With the Metro-North station right there, looks like a good place for either.

  2. But George M. Steinbrenner III, the most important person in Yankee history – that’s why his plaque is lager than Babe Ruth’s and Joe DiMaggio’s combined – told us parking was vital and no one would ever go to Yankee games in the Bronx via subway and train. He could never be wrong – it must be the fans fault!!

  3. Mike from Farmingdale, LI | September 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm |

    I have noticed that street parking is being discouraged by NYPD for no apparent reason except to drive more fans into the $35 parking garages. Check out the “no parking today” NYPD cardboard signs on poles along Sedgewick Ave. between the Deegan and the appartments. You have to go further and further north to avoid these signs and it likely won’t be long before all of Sedgewick is “no parking” on game days. I wont opt for the long, uncomfortable subway trip after the drive to queens or (worse) the LIRR, especailly going back after a night game. Also, there is no regular bus service like the Conn and NJ folks have. If they force the issue, let them keep their ripoff garages and game tickets. Maybe the Yankees can figure out how to fix this.

  4. Steven Kidman | January 3, 2013 at 12:29 am |

    Need to renovate the Parking places. First of all Yankee Stadium Parking Map redesign and check properly.Bronx financial authority which operates parking at the new Yankee Stadium, Bronx Parking Development Corporation need some more finance to moderate the Parking garage with Yankee Stadium.

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