lol @ $5 parking.
You'd **** your pants at parking for Steeler games here. $40, $50, even $100 a spot depending where/how you're getting it. And some of those are NOT close. That's all on the North Shore where the stadiums are of course though. Even the Pirates, parking is not as cheap as it should be. Hell, for them valet should be free.
For the Pens, there's ample space, so the parking's not SO bad, but finding it on the street's tougher. With the Civic Arena down now, more will be coming and it'll be a non-issue, but the garage I always used before is NOW directly across from Console, and so it's up in price but still $20's not horrific I guess. Problem with Steelers is there's probably as many, or more, outside the stadium all day too. So that part of town becomes just a sea of people any given game day/night.
The funny thing about Pittsburgh's transit is our little T goes to one suburb (south Hills, through the tunnels), and that's it. There's unused rail lines on almost all the rivers... If I had my way of course i'd love seeing one run out to the Oakland area since that's where the colleges are almost all at, and then one to my area would be ideal (follow the Allegheny River on its abandoned tracks)... One on each river really. One to the North Hills wouldn't hurt too, as it's a heavily congested/popular shopping suburb.
It was a fight to get it to go to cross the river from downtown to the North Shore because they had to dig a tunnel for it to go under the Allegheny and things, and that's always fun. It's really nice though. Diane and I have used it a lot so far, and we love it.
Our next issue is hotels... That's improved a little too, in the city, but really needs a little more work for sure. One opened in a part of the town just outside downtown, and it makes me hope they get more. It borders the convention center which is big, really a beautiful building inside/out, and just needs more hotels to really take off for big shows here I think.
I keep hoping.
Wish I could see a game with you guys. It'd be fun.
And I don't mind the $200 or you smiling for it... I knew they'd be a lot. Even when we were sucking before Crosby was drafted, you could get tickets much more easily but they still cost a bit unless you had a student ID and could get the rush tickets. I knew I wasn't going to get cheap ones. I think on the corners I could've gotten them for $180 or $160. I didnt' check limited view/standing room either, but with my knees I'm not standing and I have no clue if LV seats are really bad or not. Some at the old place were horrible no-view seats.