Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Free Parking On The Las Vegas Strip Coming To An End?

From the LVRJ:
MGM Resorts International will break from a long-standing Las Vegas tradition and begin charging customers to park at the company's Strip resorts as part of a $90 million strategy to "expand and enhance" the company's parking infrastructure.
The parking fees will go into effect sometime between April and June the company said in a Friday statement, which also announced plans for a $54-million, 3,000-space parking structure MGM will construct near the northwest corner of the Excalibur.
The parking structure will help serve visitor growth and attendance at the company's nearby resorts and entertainment venues, including the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena, The Park retail and restaurant complex, and the new 5,000-seat Theater at Monte Carlo.
Construction of the new parking facility is scheduled to begin later this spring with completion scheduled in the second quarter of 2017. An MGM spokesman said customers using the new garage will be able to access the T-Mobile Arena and other nearby locations via a short walk along Frank Sinatra Drive, which runs underneath Tropicana Boulevard.
In some ways, I don't blame MGM. 
There is a little known secret among locals.  If you fly out of the Las Vegas airport, you can park your car at the MGM and then take a taxi or hotel shuttle to the airport for a few dollars.  You don't have to pay for parking and pay only a few dollars for the taxi or shuttle.  It's a great deal and MGM just to get their share of the parking dollars.

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