Mothballed Rental Car Fleets Fill Stadium Parking Lots

A photo series showcases the disruptive effect the pandemic has had on the U.S. auto industry.

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May 29, 2020, 8:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"Throughout the U.S., rental car companies have parked hundreds of thousands of unused cars," according to an article by Robert Gauther. Professional sports stadiums are a popular location to store the mothballed fleets of cars. "Seen from above, places such as Dodger Stadium and Santa Anita racetrack look as if it’s a big day at the yard, when, in fact, the stands are empty."

According to Gauther, a decline in car sales and a resulting glut of inventory have also contributed to the dystopian scene in parking lots around Southern California during the pandemic .

Most of the space in the article is devoted to photographs of the scene at Southern California professional sports facilities like the aforementioned and a few more.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Los Angeles Times

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