To encourage carpooling, Meadowbrook to begin charging for event parking

GILFORD — Bank of New Hampshire Pavillion at Meadowbrook will begin charging patrons of the music venue for parking, said president R.J. Harding yesterday. 
"We're hoping to promote carpooling with that," Harding explained.
Those who purchase their tickets online will have the opportunity to purchase a general lot parking pass for $5, while those who show up without a pass will pay $10 to park. Inner Circle members and season ticket holders will be able to park at no additional cost.
Harding said that the venue has observed a reduction in carpooling to shows at Meadowbrook over recent years, with more and more cars being utilized by the same number of concert goers.
The trend is of concern to Meadowbrook, especially in light of the recent expansion project that added 3,000 seats, for a total capacity of 8,300 people. Although the project also added 800 parking spaces, Meadowbrook will only be able to accommodate 3,000 vehicles, meaning that attendees will have to average more than two people per car when a show sells out. 
Harding expects the chronic problem of traffic jams within the parking area will be greatly alleviated this year, thanks to a second access road added as part of the expansion project. The "West Entrance" road will exit onto Kimball Road, which runs from the Laconia Airport to Route 11-B.