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U.S. Open: Potomac Resident Turns Yard into Parking Lot

While players get ready for the first round of the U.S. Open, parking continues to be an issue.

According to the United States Golf Association, spectators attending the U.S. Open Championship at Congressional Country Club this week are reminded that there is no general spectator parking at or around the club.

Fifteen homeowners in Potomac, Maryland learned of the limited parking issue and decided to get permits for visitors to park on their lawns one week out of the year including David Stupar, whose two-acre lot has been in his family since 1960.

“We are the original owners. Horses used to graze our lot, but in 1997 we parked cars here for the U.S. Open and saw what a lucrative arrangement it was. We heard it was coming back this year, and knew we had a great business opportunity on our hands,” said Harrington Drive Resident, David Stupar.

 Parking ranges from $20 to $60 dollars depending on availability, but will go up to $100 dollars starting Thursday, June 16th.

“Since we have about 150 spots available, we are trying to price competitively but also set a price that is reasonable for people.$ 20 dollars is the cheapest price available and we are only a few blocks away. The price will go up tomorrow when the tournament starts since we are supposed to get 50,000 people but we will always be cheaper than the rest,” advised Stupar.

Just think seven days x $20-$100 dollars each parking spot. With 70-150 parking spots available the homeowners stand to reap a handsome profit.


“ I am a member at Congressional Country Club, I hope to be full by 3 p.m. to watch a few rounds of golf and relax,” said Stupar.


The USGA advises patrons to come early or take shuttles to avoid lines and extreme parking fees.


“180 shuttle buses from parking areas will run continuously from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will drop off spectators in close proximity to the Main Admissions Gate.”


If the shuttle idea fails, find Harrington Drive and park in Potomac’s cheapest parking lot- David Stupar’s house.

For more information on parking arrangements and transportation alternatives for getting to Congressional, go to the U.S. Open site on the County’s home page -- www.montgomerycountymd.gov.