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May 20, 2010

The best Jiffy Lube Live parking option

jiffy lube live If you've ever been to Jiffy Lube Live (which used to be Nissan Pavilion), you know what a nightmare it is to leave the place.

The giant parking lots are funneled through tiny exits, which means you could be sitting in your car for a maddeningly long time. When Midnight Sun correspondent Evan Haga saw Pearl Jam there last week, he opted to buy VIP parking on a whim. It cost $30 cash, and was located on the right, near the facility's main gate ...

The VIP lot is much smaller than the main parking area, but cars are ushered out at the same pace as the main lot. This meant Haga only waited five or 10 minutes to be out on the road. He called it "miraculous." 

Granted, $30 is not chump change, but Haga said it was completely worth it -- especially if you're carpooling and can split the fee.

Go now, and take this knowledge with you.

(Photo courtesy of Robert Muller/Live Nation)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:51 PM | | Comments (12)


Hey if ya don't go get "Lubed" in the first place, you don't need to worry about escaping.
After a Warped Tour debaucle a few years ago, I instituted a personal policy of NEVER going there again EVER.

Most acts that play there also play HersheyPark-- further away by mileage but NOT by time. :o)
Plus there's a nice campgound there.

did somebody use to much lube on you Calico?

or did somebody forget tho give you the 3,000 mile 30pt checkup?


Any idea how to get the VIP parking pass? Just pull up & choose that option or can you get it in advance?

KM, the wife & I are going to see Rush in September, and we paid for the parking when we paid for the tickets online.

Best parking option? Easy, go somewhere else - Verizon Center, Merriweather, you could drive to philly in the amount of time you spend trying to get out of that parking lot nightmare.

I haven't gone there in 5 years and I don't plan on ever going again.

Hershey is not that good either. The sound system sucks and the parking lot situation is not that much better. I will stick with Jiffy Lube.

me and a buddy of mine got hosed at Nissan Pavilion at the Radiohead show two years ago. that was a nightmare. we never even made it into the parking lot the traffic was so bad. i personally refused to ever go back.

Ah yes, the Radiohead show...
so many fond memories by so many people of this maddening venue...
ANYWHO - my friends have started calling this place just "THE LUBE" - so much kinder than Jiffy Lube Live - yuck.
PS: we also call Verizon "THE PHONE BOOTH"...since people STILL get confused between MCI/Verizon... plus we expect another name change down the line by some other evil telecommunications company!!
Cheers! Please spread the sobriquets!

@Sarah G.-

If you camp at the Hershey HighMeadow campground (very nice, btw--great pool and clean nice bathhouses), you need'nt worry about parking as there is a shuttle bus b/w the campground and the park!
Drops you off right out front.

We did the VIP option for the Pearl Jam show, it was first-come, first-serve, you just pull up to the attendant and pay your $30. Well worth it for the post-show getaway. I absolutely hate driving out there but for my favorite bands like PJ it was worth it. I guess sometimes you have to sacrifice for the priviledge of spending $200+ on a night out

VIP is first come, first served? So even if you have pass technically its not reserved. That is BS..Oh well at least I have a ticket..

VIP parking is $42.00 for Jiffy Lube Live now. This is insane! Free parking where it doesn't really matter waiting a few minutes or wasting a ton of money for "first come", "first served"?

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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