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TACOMA DOME: Parking situtation is inadequate

Letter by Loren D. Wright, Lakewood on March 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm with 8 Comments »
March 26, 2012 4:04 pm

We had six tickets to the Jeff Dunham show at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday night. We were in the event parking line at 7 p.m. for a show scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. We finally left the event parking line at 8:30 p.m. when we could see that there was still a mile or two of cars stuck in the same line.

Ticketmaster won’t refund for unusable tickets but suggested that we contact Tacoma Dome management with our complaint about inadequate event parking facilities. I have sent a complaint but suspect that there will not be a reply.

Can the Tacoma City Council pass an ordinance prohibiting the booking of events with an expected audience of 2,000 or more people? There are only 1,600 parking spots available at the Tacoma Dome.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. captainkirk says:

    This is a great idea. While you’re at it maybe write a letter to the Seattle Times and suggest Seattle bans events at the Key arena. They’ve got probably 3,000 parking spots for their events. While they’re at it they could ban Seahawks and Mariners games, they’ve probably got 5,000-6,000 parking spots for the 65,000 at their games. I hadn’t been to the place in a couple of years so I planned ahead, went to the Tacoma Dome website, followed the directions they give to the Dome, avoided the traffic and had a great evening at the Dunham show. I don’t know about everybody else but I enjoy not having to drive to Seattle to see a big time entertainer now and then.

  2. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Wow, what a silly letter. Maybe if you were handicapped there would be reason to complain.

    Park and take the link next time

  3. Loren D. Wright, Lakewood You need to call not write… The city council will not give 2 cents about your complaint they more in likely having parking waiting for them it they go to events…. I for one will never understand why they even built a museum for Lemay . Yea, he made a several donations but he also benefit from it tax wise. I for one was glad that Old man Lemay died, and his family sold the business because the new company had a nice facility built in Fredrickson and they have since clean up the old eyesore located in Parkland. Now, if they just tear down the old building it will help even more with the appearance of Parkland which slowly starting to look decent

  4. alindasue says:

    There has never been adequate parking at Tacoma Dome, even before they started building the car museum. Your best bet, especially if you arrived in the area an hour prior to the event, it to find someplace to park a little ways out from the dome and walk or take the light rail to the event – or plan to arrive TWO hours early instead.

  5. HistoryFan says:

    A little prior planning on your part Loren would have allowed you to see the show.

  6. Guess we got in the right line. We arrived after 7 parked and got to our seats before 8. The show didn’t start till 8:20.

  7. wrightlorend says:

    Thank you for your comments. I was trying to get to parking at Tacoma Dome Station. TPD blocked access from the Tacoma Dome exit (which I was not expecting) and sent us on a 2 to 3 mile loop that did not move very far or very fast. Now that I know that the Tacoma Dome exits are only usable when nothing is going on at the Tacoma Dome I have a better chance of getting to an event. To their credit, Jeff Brown from Tacoma Dome management did offer 6 tickets to a different show as compensation.

  8. After being in that mess several years ago when he was last here we learned our lesson. We arrived early (5:30)and parked for free along 25th Street three blocks from the Dome and took the light rail to the Harmon for a liesure dinner. We rode the rail back to the Dome and were there in plenty of time for the show.

    BTW Unlesss you know when the show you are attending ends don’t take the advise of the Tacoma Dome web site by parking downtown and taking the lightrail to the Dome. The last run from the Tacoma Dome Station leaves at 10 pm.

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