Four Major League Baseball teams, with another 12 to 15 on the way, will be directing fans to the technology of Federal Hill startup Parking Panda to find and reserve parking for this season’s baseball games.
The Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners are the first four teams to offer parking through third-party garages listed by Parking Panda, and then book parking spots directly with Parking Panda. Widgets are now live on each of those four teams’ websites, and Parking Panda director of marketing Mark McTamney said e-mails to fans who buy tickets will advertise reserving parking for the game through the startup.
He also said this is the first time a professional sports league has partnered with an online parking company.
Parking Panda, which was cofounded by Nick Miller and Adam Zilberbaum at Baltimore’s first Startup Weekend in 2011, now employs 21 people full-time at its headquarters in Federal Hill and offices in New York City.
“We’re very excited to be working with MLB.com and various teams this season to redefine the gameday parking experience,” said Miller in a release on MLB.com.
McTamney said Parking Panda now lists more than two million parking spaces in 75 cities across the U.S., and allows people to reserve parking spaces in advance in 40 cities through deals and partnerships the startup has made with public parking garage owners.-30-
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