Can anyone explain this?


We went to a ballgame today (go Red Wings!) and saw this sign at the parking garage:

Can anyone tell me how much it costs to park for, say, 4 hours?

Update 6/5: The next time we went to a game, we noticed that they had a new sign up at the ticket booth giving exactly the minutes and prices that Joel gave in the comments below.  Good call, Joel!



9 Responses to “Can anyone explain this?”

  1. David P Says:

    Not sure how that works, but can you call hockey a “ball”game?

  2. Batman Says:

    This is for the Rochester (NY) Red Wings, a AAA club for the Minnesota Twins, not the Detroit Red Wings, who are on their way to the Stanley Cup. And I’m also not sure how it works.

  3. Joel Says:

    I’ll give it a shot.

    1-60 minutes: $0
    61-120 minutes: $2 total cost
    121-180 minutes: $3 total cost
    181-240 minutes: $4 total cost

    With the inclusion of “FLAT RATE” to entice customers into thinking they are getting something special. Though I would like the context of the previous rates which may explain why it was important to point out that a one-condition-only price was a “flat rate”. As my English major friends say, “context is everything.”

  4. Jackie Says:

    Hmm. Perhaps they didn’t want to use the words piecewise function?

    I agree with Joel’s cost analysis.

  5. Ξ Says:

    OK, so it’s $1 per hour (or part of an hour) except that if you stay less than an hour, the total is waived.

    What confused me was the second line: a flat rate of $2 after the first hour seemed initially to imply that anything after the first hour was $2 (a flat FEE, as it were). And my next reading was that the $2 was a fee, like a y-initercept, but that the “Each additional hour” referred to the hours after the first hour because the second hour was never mentioned directly. This suggested the following:

    1-60 minutes: $0
    61-120 minutes: $3 total cost
    121-180 minutes: $4 total cost
    181-240 minutes: $5 total cost

    But Joel, I think your explanation is more likely to be correct (because it has a smaller jump).

    Jackie: Indeed.

  6. TwoPi Says:

    I stumbled on just now. They describe the parking fees for that garage as

    1st hr: free; 2nd hr: $2; each additional hr: $1

    which is a far clearer way of communicating it than their sign uses.

    I’ll also note that at some lots in the city, they charge a “flat daily rate”, that is a fixed fee for the entire day regardless of the length of time you park. So maybe in the photo the “flat rate of $2” is intended to communicate the fact that the rate doesn’t change from 61 to 120 minutes (i.e. they round time UP).

    Or maybe they want drivers to see “Flat rate $2” and think they’re getting a bargain by local standards.

  7. PlusC Says:

    The real question is…Where is this parking?

    I paid 5 bucks for a couple hours last time I was as the redwings game=)
    even though I am a true Buffalo Bisons fan!!!

  8. Ξ Says:

    Nice Avatar PlusC!

    We had to pay a set fee of $4 during the game because it was “Special Event” parking — which is why we couldn’t figure out the sign just from what we paid (it’s the garage right across from Frontier Field).

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