BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Visitors complained about paying premium prices just to get a parking spot for the World Junior Tournament in Buffalo, but the prices have been coming down in the last day.
Wednesday night it seemed the closer you were to the arena, the cheaper the parking was. The city-owned lots were charging $15. The arena lots were $20, but a parking lot that many Canadians see first at Michigan and Perry Street was charging $30 with just an hour to go before the last game of the night.
Andrew Robinson said, "We paid $30 and it's well worth it, absolutely, better than walking back there for $20. [But look it's $20 even closer] Who cares. Go Canada, go!"
Sean Merritt said, "That's a little annoying, given that we should driven up further, but for $10 what are you gonna do?"
But minutes after our crews left, the Pay2Park lot lowered it's price from $30 to $20, 40 minutes before game time. The Pay2Park Company is owned by Mark Croce, who says he doesn't set the prices, his manager does, Joe Puinno.
Pay2Park General Manager Joe Puinno said, "Parking rates are determined by the size of the event, if there's more than one event in the day, how close the timing is to the event starting."
The city is required by contract to charge only $15 at it's Webster lot across from the arena. On Wednesday, Mayor Byron Brown sent a letter asking the State Attorney General to investigate whether others are price gouging.
City Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer said, "Look, I'm a capitalist as we all are, and I understand the whole free market, but there comes a point where it just doesn't pass the smell test. It's just absurd."
Puinno contended, "Not at all. The definition of gouging isn't even correct. This isn't people who are forced to come here. This isn't a captive audience. People do have an opportunity to park somewhere else."
Though some lots were still charging $30, there didn't seem to be any parking lots charging as much as Tuesday night, when rates were marked at $40 or $50 to park.
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