Downtown parking at a premium this weekend

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - There is a lot going on in downtown Cincinnati this weekend and any and all parking spots downtown, will be at a premium.

There are something like four-thousand parking spaces available in the garages closest to the stadiums, which require the least amount of walking. But if you're looking for those coveted cash spaces, you'd better bring your walking shoes.

Looking for an available parking space downtown close to Paul Brown Stadium or Great American Ball Park?

"They probably will be taken-up," said Cincinnati's Acting Traffic Engineer, Tim Jamison.

This weekend is going to be huge, especially Sunday, when one stadium will be emptying out and another will just begin filling-up.

Parking anywhere in the riverfront area is going to be limited. The majority of spaces with the closest proximity to the stadiums are already sold out, so if you're looking for a cash-pay lot, you've got maybe two options.

"You should probably just go north of Third Street or up Eggleston and look for a cash lot there," Jamison said.

There are so many things going on, but so few parking spaces left. And be prepared to pay a little more for what is open.

"The event rates are probably the same," Jamison said. "Those are always high on event days."

Jamison said when you've got both teams playing back to back, there are going to be delays no matter how early you leave to get downtown.

"Traffic engineering works with the police and we work most of the lights manually and get the pedestrians through is our main goal and it's going be a wait for almost anybody," Jamison said.

All Reds parking passes will be honored in either the Central Riverfront Garage or the East Garage. All Bengals passes may be used four hours prior to game time. But if the Reds game runs over this could present some fun challenges for everyone.

"Well, we'll just deal with that as it comes," Jamison said. "That's why we'll have a lot of people down there on the streets at each intersection."

It is going to be a scorcher this weekend, so before you head out, make sure you have a full tank of gas, take some cool drinks in the car, in case you get stuck in traffic and have to sit and wait. And most importantly, look right here on and check out our exclusive StormTracker Forecast.

Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer is calling for a chance for thunderstorms, so an umbrella may also needed by game time.

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