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Puyallup vs. Fort Steilacoom: Which is the best option for US Open parking?

Fans visiting the U.S. Open have two options for parking: Red Lot or Blue Lot. Puyallup’s Washington State Fairgrounds or Lakewood’s Fort Steilacoom Park. So far this week both have offered quick, friendly security lines and quick access to the buses. But which is best? In pursuit of the answer to this question, we rode to the U.S. Open practice rounds from both lots. Here are our highly unscientific findings:

CAR TO SHUTTLE

FS: .2 miles

PUYALLUP: .43 miles

EDGE: Fort Steilacoom, but the walking distance could vary greatly depending on your parking spot.

LOT TERRAIN

FS: Grass.

PUYALLUP: Asphalt and sidewalks. Plus you’ll have to cross Meridian.

EDGE: Fort Steilacoom.

SHUTTLE TIME

FS: 20 minutes

PUYALLUP: 38 minutes

EDGE: Fort Steilacoom.

SHUTTLE TYPE

FS: School buses.

PUYALLUP: Charter buses.

EDGE: Puyallup. The ride might be longer, but you have a head rest, foot rest and reclining seats. A prime napping setup.

VIEW

FS: Puget Sound and Steilacoom.

PUYALLUP: Three cemeteries.

EDGE: Fort Steilacoom.

ODD ROUTE CHOICE

FS: Passing Main Street and continuing and an extra five blocks to Union Avenue, before turning toward Chambers Bay.

PUYALLUP: Leaving state Route 512 at Pacific Avenue to test your luck with traffic lights the rest of the way.

EDGE: Fort Steilacoom.

SHUTTLE TO ENTRANCE

FS: .19 miles

PUYALLUP:.18 miles

EDGE: Push.

RESULTS: 3-3-1.

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