By Lucie Amundsen
The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center will raise general parking rates at its parking structure to $10 starting Wednesday, with exceptions for some events that will remain at the $5 fee.
The increase is the first since 2009 and puts the DECC below or on par with other convention centers around the state.
The increase will fund on-going maintenance needs of the parking structure. There are many infrastructure repairs and improvements to be addressed on the lots and ramps. The rate continues to be a good value for those wanting parking with reentry as they explore Canal Park and other Duluth locations.
The signage will be put in place at 6 a.m. Wednesday as the new rate goes into effect. Some exceptions to the increases include UMD Bulldogs hockey season ticket holders, and those attending the Duluth Home Show and the Duluth Fall Wedding Show. The parking fee will continue to be reimbursed for those purchasing movie tickets from Marcus Cinema.