Fayetteville looks to maximize parking opportunities for Woodpeckers games

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – With less than two weeks until the Woodpeckers’ first game, there’s concern about where the new baseball crowds will park in downtown Fayetteville. 

At least 5,000 people are expected to come to the first game at the brand new ballpark April 18.

And the team is now planning to add to that number. 

“We can open up the ballpark to more fans than originally intended,” said Woodpeckers Team President Mark Zarthur, “If we sell 6,000 tickets, we need essentially one parking spot for every three to four fans.”

That means a lot more work for the parking enforcement crew tasked with checking every car and deciding who gets a ticket.

“It’s not that bad now, but once they finish all this it’s gonna be hectic, it’s gonna be a mess,” said Parking Enforcement Officer Jonathan Wigfall. 

But city leaders say they have a plan to park the crowd. 

“We have 4,360 spots, Walker Consultants showed us from a 2018 study that puts all of our parking spots within a five- to seven-minute walking distance from our stadium,” said City Spokesman Kevin Arata.

Some business owners are concerned the free public spaces will turn into paid parking. City leaders say they’re considering pay to park but have not yet finalized that plan.

But there is a map showing all of the available spaces to park, some may be in private lots and might charge their own price to park. 

To see where you can go, just go to this link

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