Baseball fans pay $7 hour parking near AT&T Park

March 18, 2013 6:15:33 AM PDT
World Baseball Classic fans parking near AT&T Park were the first to pay the new meter premium near the park.

The rate is now $7 an hour, instead of the usual $5 during special events -- part of a new San Francisco program. Special events like the World Baseball Classic and all Giants home games will bring the new higher hourly rate.

Some drivers think it's a rip-off.

"I may have to think twice about coming up here. Or maybe I'll do mass transit. I don't know because, like I said, with this $7 an hour, that is absolutely ridiculous," said Gilroy resident Nelson Villanueva.

The rates are in effect until 10 p.m.. The city is trying to kill two birds with one stone -- manage limited parking spaces and boost its revenue.

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