A new parking charge was instituted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida on the 1st of the month, which has many people upset over the change. In the past, there was no fee to park at the venue and now, changes have been made which includes a charge of $10 for parking after being at the venue for 30 minutes.
Many players took to the casino’s Facebook page to vent their frustration over the new charge. Nikki Yourison, a spokeswoman for the venue, stated that plans are in place to make parking more secure for visitors to the casino. The parking garages will have officers added for security measures as well as better lighting for visibility. According to TampaBay.com, Yourison spoke about the new changes but did not state if the money from the charges would go to pay for the added security.
Yourison did point out that most of the entertainment venues located in the Tampa Bay area do charge for parking along with other casinos in the United States. It was just two months ago that casinos in Las Vegas began to charge for parking as well. MGM Resorts International has added parking charges to twelve of their properties in Sin City, in an effort to improve the parking experience for guests.
Visitors to the Hard Rock of Tampa can see their parking fee waived if they spend $50 at the spa of the casino or in retail shopping or dining at restaurants of the venue. Guests of the hotel along with X and Elite card holders will not be charged. The parking fee can also be covered with comp dollars earned during casino game play.