Parking Deals for Louisville Slugger Field
Review of Parking Deals for Louisville Slugger Field Rating: 4
by Malcolm MacMillan
- Lots are $6, but look for free street parking after 6 p.m.
- Downtown location means several pre-game dining choices
Louisville Slugger Field is located in downtown Louisville, but don’t fret about being stuck in traffic on your way to the game, only to pay an arm and a leg for parking. The ballpark is not only within sight of I-64 and I-65, which cross meet a stone’s throw away from the park’s northeast corner, but also readily accessible off either highway. Driving from either highway to one of the parking options around Louisville Slugger Field shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes, pending traffic.
When the ballpark comes into view, your first instinct might be to navigate toward the lot on the park’s east side, which is accessible by entrances on East Witherspoon Street and East Main Street. This lot, however, is reserved for season ticket holders and players – unless you meet the description of either of these groups, you’ll have a park elsewhere. Doing so isn’t a hassle, however. The Preston Street parking lot, found directly across from the ballpark’s west side and framed by North Preston Street, East Washington Street, North Floyd Street and East Witherspoon Street, is one of two lots in the immediate vicinity of Louisville Slugger Field. Parking here will run you $6. The other close lot is across the street from the south side of the park, and called the Main Street parking lot. It’s framed by East Main Street, South Jackson Street, East Market Street and South Preston Street. This lot also costs $6.
If you want to avoid paying for parking altogether, your best bet is to look for metered parking on any of the streets around Louisville Slugger Field. Metered spots are free after 6 p.m., which means it’s possible to park for free for the majority of Louisville’s home games. On weekends, metered spots are also free. You won’t have trouble finding a metered spot – they line the streets all around downtown Louisville.
If you’re visiting Louisville from out of town, you can’t beat finding a downtown hotel and walking to the game. No option is better than the Residence Inn Louisville Downtown, a six-floor hotel at the corner of East Market Street and South Preston Street. Stay here, and you can leave your car at the hotel, step out onto the street and you’ll be within sight of Louisville Slugger Field. The downtown location of the hotel isn’t just suitable for baseball fans; whether you’re into a pre-game meal at one of the many nearby eateries or favor a post-game cocktail at a downtown bar, you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere to stop within walking distance from the Residence Inn. A key perk to the hotel itself is its suites – you won’t find any cramped guest rooms here. Each of the 140 suites is equipped with not only a bedroom area and sizeable living room, but also a full-sized kitchen – perfect for baseball fans visiting Louisville for a couple days or those who just want to skip another day of restaurant food on their baseball road trip. The hotel also features a modern athletic center with fitness equipment and an indoor pool, and offers complimentary breakfast for guests.
Louisville Slugger Field has an impressive selection of food, but if you’d rather dine away from the ballpark while staying in the immediate area, try such options as Bluegrass Brewing Co., Against the Grain Brewery, which is attached to Louisville Slugger Field, Champions Sports Bar or Morton’s The Steakhouse, all of which are found within a mile of the hotel and ballpark.