The Coyotes' new parking plan "depends partially on the far-fetched scenario that hockey fans will pay $10 to $30 to park in lots controlled by the team, rather than access free parking in adjacent lots -- some of which are closer to the arena," according to Paul Giblin of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. The Coyotes manage "about 5,500 parking spaces," while the Westgate Entertainment District "manages about 3,000." Previously, "most parking for Coyotes games was free." Parking fees are "critical to the Coyotes' new management-agreement with Glendale" to run the city-owned Jobing.com Arena. The deal calls for the city to pay the team $15M annually for 15 years to run the arena, with the team "reimbursing the city" a projected $9M a year "using revenue derived partly through parking fees." Coyotes co-Owner, President & CEO Anthony LeBlanc said, "The reality is that most fans understood that paid parking was a requirement that we had with the city of Glendale during our negotiations. The city needed to recoup some of their revenues, and obviously, we as a franchise need to increase our revenue base to make this a going concern here in Glendale." Giblin notes the Cardinals, Suns and D-Backs "have charged for parking for years." Teetsel Properties Principal Jeff Teetsel, whose company manages Westgate, said that the Coyotes' intention to charge for their lots "has no effect on Westgate’s intention to keep its lots free." Cardinals VP/Media Relations Mark Dalton said that team execs are "considering whether to open the lots and charge for spaces" they control during Coyotes games. The Cardinals expect to "discuss the matter with Coyotes management" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/29).
The Red Sox have only "had 20 sellouts all season," but figures have "recovered somewhat attendance-wise from early in the season, and now are down about 2,900 fans per game from last year," according to Nick Cafardo of the BOSTON GLOBE. Attendance at Fenway Park for last night's game against the Orioles was 31,962. Cafardo: "Not chopped liver, but really, what's going on here?" The Red Sox are "involved in a tight race" in the AL East, but "had to advertise $20 seats the last two games." This from an organization that "had a long sellout streak with some teams that weren't this good." The new school year began this week in some areas, but that "never stopped the sellouts before when things were good" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/29). In Boston, John Tomase writes, "Fans just aren't that into these Red Sox." The passion "once considered par for the course now feels perfunctory." Last night's game against the Orioles was not a sellout, despite the fact that this is the "most exciting Red Sox team in maybe the last decade." The Red Sox "may very well rank No. 3 behind the Bruins" in terms of popularity in Boston (BOSTON HERALD, 8/29).