Parking officials say there are sufficient spaces for new baseball stadium

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A common concern for many for the new baseball stadium is parking. Parking and transit officials with the Wichita Transit Advisory Board reviewed data from a study that shows there are sufficient spaces for the maximum number of fans that could come to future baseball games. 

Those spaces would be enough for a maximum 10,000 fans to attend a baseball game at the new stadium and with the idea that people will come in groups of two or more based on past statistics. 

According to studies done by a consultant firm and Jeff Wolfe, president of The Car Park, Inc. who already operates the city’s garages, the average person is willing to walk about 1,600 feet from their parking space to an event. 

Officials said right now, there are more than 5,000 available parking spaces that distance from the ballpark site. Those spaces include public, commercial and private lots, on-site spaces and parking on the street. 

The factors that could decrease the number of spaces include spots already taken by drivers for nearby events, businesses and residential parking. 

Another option for fans would be shuttle services from downtown parking garages. This is an option Wolfe said can be very effective, but is just an idea at this time. 

“Think about a family with two kids and a stroller,” said Wolfe. “It’s a great option to be able to take a shuttle bus to, right door to door and come back to your car at the end of the event.”

Wolfe said additional parking could come from private lots who offer their spaces for a small fee, the idea for reserving spaces prior to events, ride-sharing services like Uber, Lift and taxis or the not-so-popular option of parking futher away and walking a longer distance to the stadium.

“We have a baseball schedule out so far, we have a Century II schedule out so far,” said Wolfe. “We usually know well in advance when a large event is occurring that we can do some planning and figure out when this event going to be in, when it’s going to be out, what we need to do to move the pieces around to make it work.”

Parking officials said they will continue to follow the parking situation as construction progresses for the stadium. 

For more information about the parking plan for the stadium or the presentation that was given to officials, visit the Wichita Transit Advisory Board page on the city’s website.

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