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High Venue Parking Rates Come Under Scrutiny

While there have been numerous complaints in the media about escalating ticket prices and service charges, now venue parking fees are coming under scrutiny, at least in Pittsburgh at the new Heinz Field, home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and pop concerts.

For Steelers's games, the parking rates are $24-$20 at lots closest to the stadium. For 'N SYNC's Aug. 18 concert, the first event at the new stadium, parking is $15 — some members of the city county authority wanted $10 while others pushed for $20. The $15 was a compromise rate because a state representative felt the fans were mostly teenagers making low wages.

"These are people working at Wendy's and McDonald's," Ralph Kaiser, an Allegheny County Democrat, told the AP. "They're saving their money to go to the concert. I don't want to soak them."

"We'll let the concert promoter do that," quipped Mark Schneider, another board member, referring to 'N Sync ticket prices that range from $29.50 to $65.50.