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Breaking down the situation for T-Mobile Arena parking

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A view of the new T-Mobile Arena on Monday, April 4, 2016, on the Las Vegas Strip. The arena opens with its first concert Wednesday.
Photo: Steve Marcus

The good: MGM Resorts’ overnight parking program hasn’t been implemented yet (though it should be by the end of June). The bad: Those looking to keep their cars close to T-Mobile Arena and the Park—on event nights only—began coughing up cash with the April 6 grand opening. The not-ugly: Free parking options abound for now, and you can even use other MGM properties—and, briefly, your feet. Here’s the breakdown:

Garage parking: Between 4 and 11 p.m., access to self-parking garages at New York-New York and Monte Carlo, along with the Aria Events Parking garage just north of the arena, will cost $20 a vehicle. But if you prepay at lasvegas.parkmobile.com, you’ll score a $10 discount. (Registered hotel guests still park for free).

Valet parking: $30 at New York-New York and Monte Carlo.

Free parking: Those who choose Bellagio and Aria (self-parking lot off West Aria Place) can then use their express tram to get to arena-neighboring Monte Carlo; and those who park at Mandalay Bay and Luxor can use their tram to reach Excalibur, then walk across the Tropicana Avenue bridge and through Park-adjacent New York-New York. As for the Las Vegas Monorail, your closest station is at MGM Grand, and locals with Nevada ID can score $1 fares per day at ticketing offices/desks.

Lyft, Uber and cabs: When all else fails, share a ride and avoid parking lots of any kind, including the one otherwise known as Las Vegas Boulevard.

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