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RACGOFAR Posted - 05/22/2015 : 22:29:48
Year two and they want to ding us for $5 to park. That's ridiculous. It's not Six Flags or Disney, it's a baseball complex. So if I have to pay to park at Lakepoint, I'm boycotting their concessions and I won't spend a dime at vendor booth while I'm there. I suggest everybody else who thinks paying to park at a tourney is over the top to do the same.
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BobbyCox Posted - 08/26/2018 : 18:47:50
I know most aren't happy with the LP fees, but WE are fortunate to have the facility so close to home. Look at the competition that comes each and every summer saving you from paying to travel chasing good baseball
tellit Posted - 08/20/2018 : 11:50:08
quote:
Originally posted by YazSportsBurn

Bloody bandaids in the water in dugouts. And they wont let players bring in water jugs. Really, bloody bandaida. Boycott this joint. Lots of kids made the majors and college ball before lakepoint. And a lot will make it withour lakepoint. TRIPLE CROWN ALL THE WAY.



Played on turf fields this summer, 95 degrees no water. Three years later same issues, this was at St. Pius, plus no concession.
Shut Out Posted - 07/09/2015 : 16:25:32
Bottom line is Lakepoint has something pretty special if they treat the fans/parents/players/scouts with a little more respect and not like ATM's they will be around for many years to come. If they made it a little less about the money they will quickly see that teams will be willing to do just about anything to play there. If they keep the money grab up teams will pass on the events and find other avenues to play in front of scouts as they are absolutely not the only game around.
wareagle Posted - 07/02/2015 : 13:53:08
I think they actually dropped the water price to 2.50 which is a little better.

We (my younger son) also discovered that they will give you a very small cup of ice water free if you ask! He must have drank 20 of them and brought me a few as well.
jacjacatk Posted - 07/02/2015 : 12:42:30
quote:
Originally posted by zwndad

Why don't you just have your kid put his water jug in his bag? And snacks if you have multiple games? I can't imagine they would start checking players' bags.




IIRC correctly, that's actually what they did (check bags) when they first opened, and then stopped after an uproar.

It's actually really easy to sneak in food and beverages now, and a lot of people do it (including the prohibited sunflower seeds and tobacco), and I haven't seen any enforcement on the inside. Sneaking in a cooler would be a pain (but that's what catcher's bags are for, I guess).
nwgadad Posted - 07/02/2015 : 10:34:26
When we played, they had plenty of people walking around checking in. I asked them for more cups and had it fairly quickly. I agree though, water bottle or gatorade in player bag!
zwndad Posted - 07/01/2015 : 19:22:37
Why don't you just have your kid put his water jug in his bag? And snacks if you have multiple games? I can't imagine they would start checking players' bags.
ivpartner Posted - 07/01/2015 : 15:34:04
Sorry have to go with parents and players on this one. We have played over 10 events at Lakepoint and will play many more. Great facility BUT they have to amend their policy on water jugs brought in by players. Twice we have played a game until the 4th inning with NO WATER in the dugouts. We have to get their 90 minutes before game time in order to hit and throw.

In 102+ degree heat, players bodies can go into heat stroke in that heat in 90 minutes easy without water. That is just ridiculous for Lakepoint to force parents or players to pay $3.25 for a bottle of water. Teams already pay anywhere from $900-$2000 per team per tournament in entry fees PLUS parking.

I did see one coach walk on the field in a game during the 4th inning and scream as loud as he could to umpires, " We will NOT play another inning without water in our dugout!"

It will take coaches to band together and REFUSE to play their games until LakePoint and PG get together and provide some flexibility on water for players.
bballman Posted - 06/16/2015 : 17:04:45
quote:
Originally posted by YazSportsBurn

No water was coming out of the jug, but there was water in it. When we opened it we saw garbage in it, including a bloody bandaid.

quote:
Originally posted by DecaturDad

quote:
Originally posted by YazSportsBurn

Bloody bandaids in the water in dugouts. And they wont let players bring in water jugs. Really, bloody bandaida. Boycott this joint. Lots of kids made the majors and college ball before lakepoint. And a lot will make it withour lakepoint. TRIPLE CROWN ALL THE WAY.



Really? I would have thought the jugs had lids. How did the band aids get in there? Or how did you see them?





How do you know one of the kids didn't put it in there? Either during that game or during a prior game? Mistakes happen. Dump the water and go ask for another jug. It's not the end of the world.
YazSportsBurn Posted - 06/16/2015 : 16:17:38
No water was coming out of the jug, but there was water in it. When we opened it we saw garbage in it, including a bloody bandaid.

quote:
Originally posted by DecaturDad

quote:
Originally posted by YazSportsBurn

Bloody bandaids in the water in dugouts. And they wont let players bring in water jugs. Really, bloody bandaida. Boycott this joint. Lots of kids made the majors and college ball before lakepoint. And a lot will make it withour lakepoint. TRIPLE CROWN ALL THE WAY.



Really? I would have thought the jugs had lids. How did the band aids get in there? Or how did you see them?

jacjacatk Posted - 06/15/2015 : 18:53:34
quote:
Originally posted by zwndad

"If a player drives himself or has just other teammates in the car he will not be charged to park. If he drives and has non-players in his car he will be charged."



This part is just stupid, though. What's the economic difference to LP who's in the car a player drives, except that they can arbitrarily decide to charge them more if they feel like it.

If they wanted to be logically consistent, they'd charge players to park (if it's really about recovering costs of parking facilities), or they wouldn't charge anyone to park that was delivering a player to the field (since one way or another, those players have to get to the game).
zwndad Posted - 06/15/2015 : 18:28:21
Just to clear the air on the rules ... this is the reply I got from Lakepoint about players parking for free:

"If a player drives himself or has just other teammates in the car he will not be charged to park. If he drives and has non-players in his car he will be charged."

He also told me that the only person they had ticketed was somebody who refused to pay. Now I've heard two sides of that story.

AllStar Posted - 06/14/2015 : 10:54:17
Talk about first world problems.
DecaturDad Posted - 06/13/2015 : 22:13:00
quote:
Originally posted by YazSportsBurn

Bloody bandaids in the water in dugouts. And they wont let players bring in water jugs. Really, bloody bandaida. Boycott this joint. Lots of kids made the majors and college ball before lakepoint. And a lot will make it withour lakepoint. TRIPLE CROWN ALL THE WAY.



Really? I would have thought the jugs had lids. How did the band aids get in there? Or how did you see them?
YazSportsBurn Posted - 06/13/2015 : 21:46:32
Bloody bandaids in the water in dugouts. And they wont let players bring in water jugs. Really, bloody bandaida. Boycott this joint. Lots of kids made the majors and college ball before lakepoint. And a lot will make it withour lakepoint. TRIPLE CROWN ALL THE WAY.
seminole tony Posted - 06/12/2015 : 20:00:37
Does anyone remember the crowds screaming about how $hitty East Cobb ball fields were? Scoreboards that didn't work? BAD bathrooms? Home field advantage to all their teams?
Well, Lake Point doesn't have those problems(yet)but you're paying for it now.
As I said earlier, Grab a bite to eat at the restaurant down the road after you drop off the gear, leave a wrapper(or bag as cover)in the front seat and hike on down to the ball game. Or as someone else said, have your son drop you off and park the car. Second one sounds the easiest.
What happened to the good ole days when you could park for free, tailgate with the boys in between games with a cooler of drinks and a box of chicken? Setting up the pop up tent in a shady spot while the boys roamed the ball park. Dads comparing notes on the upcoming match ups. Moms seeing who could out spirit wear the other moms of the bunch.
I'm done with it now, but this was some of our fondest memories.
LLH Posted - 06/12/2015 : 07:27:35
There would be no Lake Point without Perfect Game. I've never been to the LP website because I just look at PG. This is listed on the PG site for each tournament.

GATE PRICES:
All Tournament Pass (entry to all games during week) - $60/person
Daily Pass (entry to all games during specific day) - $10/person
Children 14 and younger are free.
Official Tournament Program - $5

Parking: $5 (LakePoint complex only. This is standard LakePoint Sports policy.)

The last thing I want to do is pay $15 to see 1 game but we have no choice if we continue to play PG. I have been paying gate fees for the last 9 years and all I can say is I will be happy to stop giving my money to PG.
Next year I just get to give it to somebody else even as we move to the next level there is still a ticket to buy to get in.
Hopefully for everyone that is playing PG this is the problem your hoping for also.
jacjacatk Posted - 06/12/2015 : 01:17:07
It'd be interesting to go to court on this one. If they don't ask you to pay, and don't tell you that you're trespassing by not paying, and don't have a written policy anywhere (the closest I've seen is the e-mail that says the parking fee is $5 on the notice on the PG tournament sites that say that's the fee, which they obviously aren't enforcing uniformly), will a judge actually force you to pay?

Maybe I'll get to find out if they do the same with me this weekend.
prestont Posted - 06/11/2015 : 17:18:30
Hi All - it gets MUCH better. All I can say is...... OMG!!!!

My sons team played at Lakepoint today. We paid to park earlier this week when I drove, so we let my 15yo drive into the parking lot today based on the communication that Players are not charged to park.

All 4 of the kids collecting $s for parking waved us through. Evidently the last of the 4 noticed my wife and I in the car, and tried to walk after us as we approached the player drop off area. They returned to their post, and we parked 2 aisles over. After the first 3 kids waved my son thru - we honestly thought that players DID NOT have to pay to park.

After my sons game today we return to my car to find an Emerson citation for CRIMINAL TRESPASS on the front windshield.

Guess its easier to call the Emerson Police department over $5. I honestly feel bad that a policeman had to come out to the ballpark when our understanding is that players parked free. The Perfect Game employees taking $10 per day from everyone also said it was their understanding that players parked free too.

Coincidentally enough, there is absolutely no mention of a Lakepoint parking policy on their website.

Concession prices are exorbitant, but calling the police for criminal trespass where there is no published policy is truly over the top.

I'm truly amazed.....
jacjacatk Posted - 06/09/2015 : 17:27:08
quote:
Originally posted by Newbie BB Mom

From a business perspective, the parking fee seems shortsighted. Honestly, if they dropped the parking fee, I'd be more inclined to spend money at their concession stand (and at all the other money traps they've set up there, including the gauntlet of container stores and the sports photography), and they'd probably come out way ahead. But this blatant money grab just gets my goat and closes my wallet.



So true. I occasionally bought from their (overpriced) concessions last year, but haven't so far this year (and won't if I can avoid it).

And, FWIW, I'm not paying the parking after the first time, either. They don't charge players to park, and I don't pay insurance on a 16yo driver to not take advantage of his driving when it'll save me $5/day. He drops me off, I walk in, he parks.
Newbie BB Mom Posted - 06/08/2015 : 11:17:25
quote:
Originally posted by jacjacatk

quote:
Originally posted by AllStar

quote:
Originally posted by seminole tony

Drop off the gear at the rugby field, park at the Chic Fil a, buy lunch and walk on down.



And if they go out of business because it's not financially sustainable, start complaining about East Cobb again.



Please. If $5 parking fees are the difference between making it and not, it was never going to make it anyway.

They charge the fees they charge, and the prices they do for concessions, because they can. And if people think it's excessive they certainly have the option, as paying customers, to point it out and try to get it changed.



Amen. We try not to use Perfect Game's concession stand because (a) I already paid to both park and get in; and (b) I'm not inclined to spend $11 for a $7 Chic-Fil-A meal.

It's a free country. They are free to try to fleece me, and I'm free to complain about it. And to vote with my feet (as Clark Howard likes to say).

From a business perspective, the parking fee seems shortsighted. Honestly, if they dropped the parking fee, I'd be more inclined to spend money at their concession stand (and at all the other money traps they've set up there, including the gauntlet of container stores and the sports photography), and they'd probably come out way ahead. But this blatant money grab just gets my goat and closes my wallet.

Also, as to this argument that Lake Point and Perfect Game are separate entities, and we're blaming the wrong one, these two outfits are operating a going concern together. While any one of us probably can't get Lake Point to stop charging money to park in their lot, I'm pretty sure Perfect Game has Lake Point's ear. If the parking-fee backlash is strong enough, Perfect Game will have a reason to talk to Lake Point's management about this. We're putting the pressure in the right place.
CaCO3Girl Posted - 06/08/2015 : 09:38:09
quote:
Originally posted by DecaturDad

CaCO3Girl,

I don't have a problem paying the $10 per day to get in. My son will potentially be playing a perfect game event on 36 different days this summer. I expect to pay close to $300 just to get in to watch. That is part of the business and I completely understand.

I have a hard time with Parking. If parking was hard to find, I would understand. I also grew up in New England and you plan ahead to park. North Georgia is not the same. It is like paying to park at the mall.





I didn't see much parking other than the parking lot that Lakepoint made. I saw trees, hills, and a whole lot of nature. I imagine it cost a pretty penny to bulldoze that area and have it paved, and other than the surrounding hotels (that don't actually exist yet), the chick-fil-a parking lot and the Love's gas station...all I saw were trees, where is this plentiful parking you are writing about?

I also don't think of it like parking at the mall, more like parking at six flags or white water, maybe the Braves stadium...oh wait, they charge to park their too...never mind :- )
Critical Mass Posted - 06/08/2015 : 08:50:55
and those freakin scoreboards that NEVER work!
jacjacatk Posted - 06/08/2015 : 00:10:34
quote:
Originally posted by AllStar

quote:
Originally posted by seminole tony

Drop off the gear at the rugby field, park at the Chic Fil a, buy lunch and walk on down.



And if they go out of business because it's not financially sustainable, start complaining about East Cobb again.



Please. If $5 parking fees are the difference between making it and not, it was never going to make it anyway.

They charge the fees they charge, and the prices they do for concessions, because they can. And if people think it's excessive they certainly have the option, as paying customers, to point it out and try to get it changed.
AllStar Posted - 06/07/2015 : 17:04:46
quote:
Originally posted by seminole tony

Drop off the gear at the rugby field, park at the Chic Fil a, buy lunch and walk on down.



And if they go out of business because it's not financially sustainable, start complaining about East Cobb again.

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