Parking made easier
Airbnb-style parking app aims to ease the race for spaces around Dallas-Fort Worth
An app being hyped as the “Airbnb for parking” has driven into Dallas-Fort Worth. FanSpotz LLC recently introduced its peer-to-peer mobile parking app in DFW after launching in Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of the University of Arkansas.
The app helps drivers find reasonably priced parking spaces — in yards and driveways, for instance — being rented out by everyday folks during sporting events, concerts, holiday gatherings, rodeos, festivals, and other activities where parking is at a premium.
“FanSpotz can be used for any kind of event or location that experiences surges in event parking,” says Dallas native Steven Zapata, co-founder and chief customer officer of FanSpotz. “Growing up in Dallas, I remember parking blocks away from Lower Greenville in residential neighborhoods on busy Friday nights. If only there was a service like FanSpotz then, I would have used it.”
All parking payments are processed through the FanSpotz app using Stripe, a mobile payment service.
This is how FanSpotz works:
- A property owner lists available parking spots and set prices.
- A driver browses the app to hunt for parking and reserve a parking spot based on price and location.
- The app directs the driver to the reserved parking spot.
Parking spots can be advertised, and spots can be booked weeks in advance of a big event. The FanSpotz app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.
In North Texas, FanSpotz is looking for parking “hosts” around:
- Dallas Market Center
- Bishop Arts District
- Southern Methodist University’s Gerald Ford Stadium
- Lower Greenville
- Uptown and Turtle Creek
- LiveNation Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
- Texas Christian University’s Amon G. Carter Stadium
- Fort Worth Stockyards
- AT&T Stadium
- University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium