ParkMobile app is now exclusive provider of parking reservations near FirstEnergy Stadium

October 19, 2018 GMT

ParkMobile app is now exclusive provider of parking reservations near FirstEnergy Stadium

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Browns fans don’t have to worry about finding a place to park if they drive to home games this season at FirstEnergy Stadium. 

The Cleveland Browns partnered with ParkMobile this football season so fans can easily reserve game-day parking spots, Browns spokesman Rob McBurnett said.

The app and website show “about 18 parking lots that are all within walking distance of the stadium,” ParkMobile chief marketing officer Jeff Perkins said.

“You don’t have to worry about driving into the stadium and then having to circle the block, get stuck in traffic because you can’t find a place to park,” Perkins said. “It’s an easier way to pre-book it and know that you have a guaranteed spot waiting when you go to the stadium.”

The stadium, of course, does not have its own parking facilities and there’s really no way to “circle the block” to scope out a spot. Game and concert attendees know all too well that a trip to FirstEnergy Stadium often means a trek to and from a nearby lot.

ParkMobile provides parking reservations for about a dozen and a half of these third-party lots near downtown and Lake Erie, connecting drivers with the lot owners and operators. One such lot owner is the City of Cleveland who maintains the Municipal Parking Lot.

About 1,400 of the Muni Lot’s 2,000 spots are reserved for ParkMobile users, Perkins said, adding that those spots in the famous tailgating lot off North and South Marginal Roads along the Shoreway are not live in the app’s system yet.   

“Most people book parking about 72 hours before the game, so we’re constantly updating our parking inventory,” Perkins said. “If a lot sells out, the ‘pin’ on the map would turn grey and you would not be able to book parking there.” 

By clicking on the different pins, users can compare lots by price and amenities, such as whether the lot is paved, covered, has an attendant or allows tailgating.

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If you don’t use the app, you might still be in luck. “A lot of them will accept drive-up customers, as well, so you can drive up and pay cash if you want,” Perkins said.

“The value of doing it through ParkMobile is you get it done before you go to the game so parking is one less thing you have to worry about,” he said. “You can also pay with your ParkMobile account with your credit card so you don’t have to worry about having cash or exact change as you go to the game, so it’s a little bit simpler.”

To avoid the hassle of parking altogether, Clevelanders can hop on and off the RTA waterfront line and get off at the West 3rd Street rapid station near the southwest corner of the stadium. 

Although Perkins said all parking lots are within walking distance of the stadium, that distance is relative for everybody. ParkMobile offers parking reservations as far away as the Nautica Entertainment Complex which is nearly 1.5 miles - about a 30-minute walk - away from FirstEnergy Stadium. 

ParkMobile does not provide reservations for the Great Lake Science Center parking garage, another popular destination for FirstEnergy Stadium visitors, but Perkins said the company is constantly adding new inventory to their system so it may be available in the future.

Even though it is not prevalent in Cleveland, ParkMobile is a useful app to have on your phone if you travel to one of the 350 other cities where it helps people find, reserve and pay for on-street and off-street parking, Perkins said.

The Atlanta-based app has partnered with municipalities, airports and event venues including other stadiums that house NFL teams such as the Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears, Perkins said.