Originally Posted by NYguy
I'm not sure what the particular issue is with the City regarding underground parking, but it's safe to assume that any parking on the mall site would be for peope driving to the mall itself, and not the stadium.
There's no reason it couldn't be used for both. Hell, build enough parking for both. You can even have seperate floors with seperate entrances if necessary. If there's a game on say a Sunday night, the mall stores would probably be closed before the game started anyways.
There's no reason to build acres of new surface parking in an area like this when structured parking would do. If it couldn't be underground, but an above-ground parking garage on top of the mall. There are numerous approaches that could be taken that would not necessitate devoting any new land to surface parking.
This is what the site to the east of the ballpark was supposed to get. And not maybe, some time many, many years in the future: