Dodger Stadium to Offer Free Parking for Carpoolers

By City News Service

It’ll pay to carpool to Dodger Stadium during the team’s playoff run.

The team announced yesterday that parking will be free for fans who have four or more passengers in a vehicle arriving at the stadium for the balance of the postseason.

Dodger Pitcher Kenley Jensen and Catcher A.J. Ellis celebrate Monday as Jensen strikes out the side in the ninth inning to help the Dodgers advance to Friday’s championship game. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

Dodger Pitcher Kenley Jensen and Catcher A.J. Ellis celebrate Monday as Jensen strikes out the side in the ninth inning to help the Dodgers advance to Friday’s championship game. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

The announcement followed problems reported by some fans who said they were turned away at the Dodger Stadium gates Monday night, when the team defeated the Atlanta Braves to advance to the National League Championship Series. Turned-away fans said they were told the parking lot was full.

“We know we had a parking issue during our recent National League Division Series win against Atlanta,” said Renata Simril, the team’s senior vice president for external affairs. “We parked more than 20,000 cars and several hundred fans were unable to park at Dodger Stadium last Monday night.

We reached our capacity and some fans without parking passes were directed off-site. We were very sorry about inconveniencing these fans and felt we needed to do something to address this problem.”

As a result, the team will offer free general parking for vehicles with four or more people for the rest of the postseason.

The team also continued to encourage fans to arrive early and take advantage of the free Dodger Stadium Express shuttle from Union Station.

The Dodgers will begin play against the Cardinals in the NLCS Friday in St. Louis. The Cardinals eliminated the Pittsburgh Pirates in yesterday’s decisive fifth game of the National League Division Series in St. Louis.

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