The city is cracking down on drivers who park illegally during football games at Commonwealth Stadium and at the many festivals taking place throughout the summer.
It’s a problem city officials say is getting worse each year.
“We issue up to 300 tickets for the stadium events and we see over a thousand tickets during Heritage Festival and the Fringe,” said Erin Blaine, coordinator for parking enforcement. “We’ve seen an increase, a steady increase, over the years.”
The city will be bringing in extra enforcement staff for each football game as well as the various summer festivals and special events.
Residents living around the Commonwealth Stadium will welcome the change.
Todd Janes, with the McCauley Community League, says he gets frequent complaints from residents near the stadium.
“There’s nowhere to park, or someone blocked my garage and I can’t get out,” said Janes. “Those are hindrances for everyone.”
A parking ticket usually costs about $75 and at least an extra $100 if the vehicle is towed.