Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida fans filled the new Marlins Ballpark for the final exhibition game against the Yankees Monday night.
Earlier in the day, all on-site parking for the game had sold out. Parking has been the biggest concern for the stadium since construction was completed.
Some fans didn’t realize the garages around the park require advance payment and were turned away. Others did realize it, but still missed out..”I tried to do prepaid parking. I even got the email and about 10 minutes after I got the email, it was already closed out to pay 15 bucks for prepaid parking,” said Eric Bernstein, who drove down from West Palm Beach. However he was happy to find a spot off-site. “It’s ten bucks and it’s close the stadium and getting back to 95, it’s close to the exit to get back on 95,” he said.
Over the weekend, the Marlins announced an additional 3,000 parking spaces for fans. Those spots will be available for fans attending Monday night’s game. There are 14 lots that house the additional 3,000 parking spots including:
- Kristi House Lot, 1355 NW 12th Ave.
- Civic Center Jury Lot, 1255 NW 11th St.
- Civic Center Lot 26, 1355 NW 12th St.
- Mahi Shrine Parking,1480 NW North River Dr.
- Highland Park Garage, 1801 NW 9th Ave.
- Park Plaza East Garage, 901 NW 17th St.
- RAD Property, 1001 NW 7th St.
- Lyons Lot, 1250 NW 7th St.
- Cardona Medical Center, 1390 NW 7th St.
- Robert King High, 1401 NW 7th St.
- Walgreens, 1699 NW 7th St.
- St. John Bosco Church, 1358 NW 1th St.
- Suntrust Bank, 100 NW 12th Ave.
- Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave.
Fans who use these lots in the Miami Health District and near the Civic Center, located just north of the Dolphin Expressway on NW 12th Avenue can catch a free trolley to the ball park.
There are also 8,000 additional parking spaces within 5/8 of a mile at private residences. This is known as parking “Orange Bowl Style.”
Public transportation is also available such as bus service and Metrorail. There will be an express shuttle service from Metrorail’s Culmer Station to Marlins Park. The shuttle will run 90 minutes prior to the event start time and 60 minutes following the event.
The Marlins are also offering 600 bicycle parking stations on the ground level of each of the four on-site parking garages for those who want to bike their way to the ball game.
Marlins fans can visit http://www.marlins.com/parking for detailed information on Marlins Park public transportation and parking.