Locals won't have to pay for parking at MGM properties -- for now

When family and friends came to visit, he never had to factor in paid parking when shuttling them to the Strip to do the tourist thing. This week, MGM Resorts increased fees they started rolling out last year. An online petition was launched almost immediately after MGM's announcement and has more than 2, signatures. Since that change, the parking attendants have been guiding people through the garages as they get used to the pay kiosks set up throughout. Self-parking is free, but Wynn and Encore charge for valet services. More like, never even gave it much thought.


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Not to mention if I have to raise prices to my clients to accommodate this extra cost I don't find it fair for either one of us to have to pay," Chantal Perry wrote on the petition's page. He also said that the parking structures had long-been "misused.

The upgrades at some of the properties have included the rows of red and green lights that let motorists know if an aisle has open spots. Some of the structures also needed upgrades because of their age — though he said their property at Circus Circus would continue to have free parking because they were limited in the improvements that could be made at the site, which opened in He also said the decision to begin charging prompted the corporation to hire a firm to run its parking facilities — shifting about valets and parking employees from the MGM payroll to Chicago-based firm SP Plus Corp.

Since that change, the parking attendants have been guiding people through the garages as they get used to the pay kiosks set up throughout. Up until Thursday, locals were able to simply scan their driver's license to park for free. He said it set in motion a "slippery slope where it's only a matter of time before everyone pays everywhere. Lucas, who worked in the hotel and casino industry before teaching at UNLV, said casinos on the Strip have developed a diversified entertainment portfolio of fine dining, high-end shows, clubs and conventions to go along with gambling.

That's a different business model from when the Strip was born. Lucas said the "genius" of giving away free drinks, cheap food and even free or discounted rooms to gamblers was knowing the house advantage at the slots and tables would allow them to make fat profits. It was a business model embraced for decades until the city began to market itself as a destination for fine dining, shows with high-profile stars, A-level DJs at dance clubs and upgraded rooms where people could come and not drop a dime in a slot machine.

In fact, they are unbelievable at reinventing themselves for sure," Lucas said. Which may explain why some of the casinos that haven't joined the pay-for-parking push are looking at their decision as a possible edge. For now, at least. Michelle Knoll, spokeswoman for Treasure Island, said the hotel had no plans to begin charging for self-parking for locals or visitors despite the sea of casinos that are.