Another data point in the "parks are too expensive" rant

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:52 PM

$200 just to stand outside the stadium at the Super Bowl

For one-third the price of a regular ticket, NFL fans will be able to stand outside Cowboys Stadium and act like they are attending the Super Bowl XLV. The league announced on Wednesday that tickets to watch the game on large HD video screens on the east side of the stadium will cost $200.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:10 PM
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:14 PM

At 100,000+ people, plus all the advertising revenue, I never processed how much money that game actually brings in.

Holy cow.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:47 PM

^People can talk about players' outrageous salaries all they want....the owners don't seem to be complaining about it as much as "average Joes". Only in college football do you make billions and pay the players nothing....weird.

Do note that while team owners rake in money hand over fist...Jerry Jones is among the very best at creating a valuable franchise.

Side note: If it had been JJ instead of Dan Snyder, imagine what SF might look like right now...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 10:59 AM

I don't follow the math. $70 lift ticket + rentals, $12 sledding hour and $12 sleigh ride = $94, not $82.

We were there for two days. Tubing one day. Sleigh ride the second. Skiing both.

"The real expense incurred for us seems to be travel, not the park costs."

That's why I was trying to compare "my local ski hill" with "a regional amusement park." In both cases, it's a drive-to vacation, vs. a fly-to one. The lodging can run up a tab, but not necessarily---In our case, we had a 1BR condo + loft with 2 baths that slept 8 for about $380 for three nights. So, a little less than the skiing/tubing/ride (I'll ignore the spa), which came to about $520 or so for three skiers and four tubers/riders.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:14 PM

A pass to my city pool is $58 and is basically just a handful of pools spread out across the city that each gave a small slide or two.

Of for $99 I can get a WoF/OoF season pass that includes parking and has a longer season.

I've always thought that city pools were over priced.

Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:15 AM

Our city pools in Toledo are only $2 ($1 for kids under 12). Maybe that's why they keep having trouble keeping up with the operating costs...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 1:29 AM

Was just looking into some options for a future personal trip and was reminded of this thread, so I had to share.

Looking at hotels in the Chicago area and found the Hilton at Magnificent Mile had parking at $52 per day.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:36 AM

Wow, that's insane, even for Chicago.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:24 AM

Yikes. I paid (slightly) less than that to park in a hotel garage just north of Times Square ($40). $52/day is absurd.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:26 AM

Wow? $52 a day? Does the space come with water and electric?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 1:00 PM

I just paid $35 a night for DC valet parking.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 1:19 PM

That's not that far out there, as far as valet parking goes.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:56 PM

Can we change the thread title to

Re: Another data point in the "parking is too expensive" rant


Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:00 PM

Once upon a time while staying in a downtown San Francisco hotel I returned the rental car a day early just to avoid another day of parking fees.

Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:11 AM

While not the focus of the article, Wired has a piece on movie piracy that also discusses relative cost, very briefly comparing a night at the movies to a visit to both destination and regional theme/amusement parks.


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