The official carparks for big stadium events can be expensive, but what's worse, they can be a nightmare to drive out of. How do you handle getting to and from a major event?
Image: mikecogh The classic strategy is to get up and leave before the event actually finishes to "beat the traffic", and while that can work, if too many people try that, it quickly develops into exactly the kind of traffic jam you're trying to avoid — not to mention the fact that you're robbing yourself of the event finale, whatever it might be.
My own strategy as it relates to Sydney venues — and most notably the stadia built for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games — is to go nowhere near the official parking at all. I've been burnt too many times.
Instead, I drive to Concord West Station (it'd also be perfectly fine to train there for what it's worth) and walk across from there; a pleasant little ten minute walk through parklands with no parking stress at all. Reverse the same when leaving an event, and I've often been able to hear the beeping of angry horns behind me as I've walked.
I'm not au fait enough with stadiums in Australia's other capital cities — what is your plan for beating the traffic without beating yourself up because you missed the last act?