Looking for free or cheap parking near the Verizon Center? We scoured the internet, spoke with parking companies and even called the Verizon Center to uncover the best way to park for next to nothing around the Verizon Center. Here’s what we learned:
1. “You Got To Arrive Early”
According to one Verizon Center spokesperson, “you got to arrive early” to find street parking. How early? This isn’t black Friday, so there’s no need to line-up overnight. For a 7 PM start time we recommend you arrive no later 4 PM to have the best chance of snagging a spot on the Street. Around that time, people in the area start to leave work and the crowds have yet to arrive.
2. Look For Street Parking Near 4th & 5th Street
If you are able to arrive at least 3 hours before the game the best place nearby to look for parking is on 4th & 5th street. Parking is quite limited & there are still meters, but you may be able to snag a spot if you arrive early enough. If it is your lucky day, finding street parking for the Verizon Center IS possible.
3. If You Can’t Find FREE Street Parking, Metered Rates Are Reasonable
Street parking costs just “$2 an hour from 7 AM to 10 PM, Monday through Saturday, on the surrounding streets of Penn Quarter and Chinatown,” according to the Monumental Network website. If you’re willing to invest the time to arrive early, parking on the street can definitely save you some money.
4. Street Parking Is Free On Sundays In Washington DC
If you read the link above closely, you’ll note that parking costs $2 per hour Monday – Saturday, which means that you can actually park for free near the Verizon Center for any Sunday games. Given that most people are off work and are unlikely to move their cars, we’d certainly recommend arriving more than 3 hours early to snag a FREE parking spot near the Verizon Center.
5. Free Street Parking At The Verizon Center on Federal Holidays Too!
In other good news, if you have Verizon Center tickets for Federal Holiday street parking will be free as well. According to the Washington DC Department of Transportation parking guidelines, street parking is free on the following dates each year:
- New Year’s Day Observed – January
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January
- Inauguration Day – January
- Washington’s Day Observed – February
- DC Emancipation Day – April
- Memorial Day -May
- Independence Day – July
- Labor Day – September
- Columbus Day – October
- Veterans Day Observed – November
- Thanksgiving Day – November
- Christmas Day – December
6. Additional street parking options near the Verizon Center
The DC Urban Mom forum has a number of recommendations for free and cheap street parking:
- One forum member suggests parking before 3 PM (while we recommended 4 PM above) to find street parking
- Look on G Street between the National Building Museum and the Government Accountability Office
- Also, look for street parking on 6th Street or 9th Street, just south of E.
8. Park Nearby & Take The Metro
If you’re driving to the Verizon Center with 3+ people, it will be less expensive to park than take public transportation. If, however, you’re going solo or with a date than the Metro can be the most cost effective way to get to the game. The Gallery Place-Chinatown station is actually located AT the Verizon Center, where you can access the Red, Yellow & Green Lines. The Orange & Blue are also within walking distance of the stadium. The Metro runs until Midnight Sunday – Thursday, which should be late enough for 99% of games at the Verizon Center. Friday & Saturday night the Metro runs until 2 AM.
9. Find DC parking garage deals online to avoid the $30 drive-up rates
If all else fails, here’s how to avoid the $20 – $30 drive-up parking pass rates near the Verizon Center. If you book a prepaid parking spot online, you can save a ton of money too. For example, you can pay as little as $5 (less the street parking) if you’re willing to walk a mile and can also find rates in the $12 – $15 range within a few blocks of the Verizon Center. To book discounted parking, visit this Verizon Center Parking Reservation site and click on your event.
10. BONUS TIP! For those arriving at the last minute, here’s how to find real-time parking deals in garages
If you can’t arrive early enough to park on the street, then download this garage parking app to get the best garage rates. You’ll see real-time availability and can buy a prepaid spot at a discount.
If you do happen to snag street parking, download the ParkMobile app so that you can feed the meter from the comfort of your seat. If you have both apps, you can’t go wrong when trying to find free or cheap parking near the Verizon Center.