Chester Parking Wars: Company Alleges Conspiracy Between Union, City

A Main Line parking lot operator says the city of Chester and the Union conspired to close the lots the company owns adjacent to PPL Park.

A Main Line parking operator filed a federal racketeering lawsuit that claims the city of Chester and the Philadelphia Union conspired to close the parking lots the company owns near the team’s stadium. The team says the suit is without merit.

Filed by T.I.C.B. Partners, the suit (see below) alleges Chester police chief Joseph Bail and other police officers were on the payroll of Global Spectrum, which manages PPL Park. The company says Chester police closed the company’s lots on match day several times in order to divert revenue to lots owned by the Union.

During one match, she said, police came out at halftime and put up yellow crime scene tape at the exits of one T.I.C.B. lot. When the game ended, they did not let drivers exit until the last of the cars in the PPL lots had left, Labrum said.

T.I.C.B. and the city of Chester have been fighting in the courts over the lots since 2012. The company is asking for $300,000 in damages.