The big game is a week away and even if you aren’t lucky enough to be going to the Super Bowl, there are still some valuable tips to learn for anytime you go to a large event.

First of all, I’ve been fortunate to have gone to two Super Bowls, including arguably the best one ever, which you can read about here. I’m also very fortunate to know what the excitement is like when going to the World Series, Kentucky Derby, World Cup, Wimbledon, NASCAR or just a regular game or concert.

There’s always a buzz in the air, making it an opportune time for scammers to make a quick buck. One I never even thought of but learned about watching the local news last week after the Rams vs. 49ers game was about two guys selling parking spots on a vacant lot close to SoFi Stadium that wasn’t even theirs and I hear this happens often.

I also just learned that the average cost for a parking spot for this year’s Super Bowl is — get this — $250! Two hundred and fifty dollars … and that’s the average! Insane, right? Well, you better sit down when I tell you what the most expensive parking spot is for Super Bowl LVI. It’s $4,850. That’s right …. for parking. Not the ticket to get into the game. I had to read it three times to make sure my eyes weren’t lying to my brain.

If you are going to the game, according to KTLA: “The city of Inglewood has set up six remote parking locations with shuttle service, but other people are getting into the act. The city permits some locations to sell spaces for spillover traffic, but many homeowners who are not permitted will sell spaces on their property through social media or websites like Craigslist.”

But keep in mind that you could be paying hundreds of dollars to park in an illegal spot and when the game is over, your car might not even be there since it might be towed. So my advice is to take a taxi, ride share or better yet a car service because at the end of the game, you will likely not be able to find a taxi or ride share and if you do, prices will be surging higher than the parking spots.

Book a car service now (I use Blacklane not just for airport rides but for attending events when I don’t want to deal with parking for all the reasons listed above) and no matter what, leave plenty of time to get to the game or event. For the Super Bowl in particular, a local Inglewood resident told me that the last mile or so can take well over an hour and that’s when it’s just a regular season game. And I’ve experienced something similar when going to Dodgers Stadium, AT&T Stadium in Arlington and the old Staples Center, just for a normal game. So be prepared in advance so that the parking situation doesn’t ruin what should be a fun experience!

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