DENVER - Sports stadiums in Denver have too many parking spots, according to a new study done by the University of Colorado-Denver.
Researcher Alejandro Henao, an engineering student at CU, spent two months dissecting the parking situation at Coors Field, Sports Authority Field, Dick's Sporting Goods Park and The Pepsi Center.
Henao found at three out of four of the stadiums hundreds of parking spots were not getting used during home games. During the off-season, he says large, empty parking lots create unattractive concrete spaces, heat islands, and missed economic opportunities.
"By transforming inefficient parking into better economic investments, we can simultaneously incentivize increased car-pool rates and other modes of transportation, which can help provide a more positive experience for spectators as well as for downtown businesses, residents, and visitors," Henao said.
According to the findings, the Pepsi Center utilizes 75 percent of its parking spaces on game-days. At Coors Field, only 60 percent of parking spots get used and at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 90 percent of the sports are utilized when the team plays at home.
At Sports Authority Field, all 11,000+ parking spots get used on Broncos game-days, but Henao argues that volume only happens during home-games, about 15 times a year.
"In the off season, some of the lots could be used for park & rides or pedal & park lots for bikers" Henao said.
To read the entire study, click here: http://trid.trb.org/view.aspx?id=1242943
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