It's not so much the actual act of parking that I mind, but the entire process that leads up to it.
There are about 30 things that irritate me, but here are a few, followed by my own experiences.
—Parking employees that stand in completely random places instructing you to keep driving. Yeah, I get it, find an open spot and park. I've actually parked in a garage before believe it or not.
The thirty pointless employees in my garage are costing someone a fortune, which they take from people like me.
—Huge sections of roped off parking spots. In New Orleans, we use the parking structures from the Superdome, since the Arena is right next to it. For some reason, officials don't allow access to about sixty percent of the spots, making parking a complete pain the ass.
Sometimes I've had to park outside in the rain because of this.
—Fees in general. I'm fairly sure that my tax dollars paid for the construction of the arena and the parking facility. Explain how the cost of parking in a spot for three hours costs anyone ten dollars.
My story—Two years ago, the first year the Hornets came back from OKC, things were fine with parking. Early on I paid five dollars a game and got a nice spot in a relatively wide open parking structure.
Since nobody was attending games, it was easy to get in and out. When the games started getting crowded, they doubled the cost and instituted a new means of entering and exiting, one that required at least twice as much time from each driver.
Even stranger, they routinely changed up the entry and exit routes, never utilizing all of them at once.
So last year, to simplify things (haha), I bought a parking pass, not realizing that it could only be used in a single garage. As it turned out, that garage was by far the least accessible from my house. For forty or so games I spent an extra five to ten minutes a game trying to reach the STH parking lot.
This year, I've gone back to my original parking strategy, despite the obvious inconveniences and additional cost.