The Washington Nationals have a new stadium opening later this month, and there are frequent radio commercials urging people to take Metro rather than drive. I'm all for public transportation, and I always use the Metro when I go to the District; it really is easier than driving. The commercials bother me because they emphasize that without reserved parking, you're likely to drive around the parking lot, in a desperate and ultimately futile search for parking while the game proceeds without you. The Nationals new stadium was heavily subsidized by the District of Columbia, which is not awash with cash, (not to mention $20 million in Federal money) and they have the appalling nerve to advertise the fact that parking is for people with money, period. Because "reserved parking" is of course for those with very expensive season tickets or corporate boxes. I know that nearly all sports arenas operate this way now; the average person (having already subsidized the venue through tax breaks) pays a ridiculous price for tickets, parking, concessions, and souvenirs, which subsidizes the luxurious box seats and other perks enjoyed by corporate team patrons. I've just never heard such a blatant "hey, eff you, regular people" proclamation of that fact.
I'm only a casual baseball fan, and I don't really care if the Nationals have a good season or not (and when they play the Phillies, I root against them). But I'm insulted on behalf of the people who are fans, and who will spend their money and time supporting this team, whose owners are certainly highly amused at the plebeian suckers who are stupid enough to walk around in their $20 "curly W" caps while such an openly contemptuous parking policy is enforced, at taxpayer expense, and to benefit the usual suspects. I suggest a boycott. Take Metro, by all means; just not to the new stadium. If they can sustain the stadium and the team with only the support of the privileged few with parking, then good for them. If they can't, then let's demand that parking is opened to everyone, first come, first served.