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Music City Bowl, Battle of the Bands & New Year's Eve Bash are Just Days Away

12/26/2013

December 26, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

More than 50,000 football fans are expected in downtown Nashville Monday for the Music City Bowl contest between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.  Limited game day parking will be available at LP Field ($20 per vehicle/$55 per motorhome) on a first come, first served basis.          

Fans planning on attending the game are encouraged to arrive early.  LP Field parking lots will open at 8 a.m. Monday (there will be no overnight parking at the stadium on December 29th). 
Stadium gates will open at noon.  Kickoff is scheduled for 2:20 p.m.
          
Fans driving into Nashville on game day are urged to follow the guidance provided on interstate message boards.  Downtown parking information can be found by logging onto http://www.parkitdowntown.com/www.parkitdowntown.com.  LP Field is a short walk from downtown via the Woodland Street Bridge or the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge.    
          
Gray Line of Tennessee will be operating park and ride shuttle bus service to the game beginning at 9 a.m. from Greer Stadium, located south of downtown at 534 Chestnut Street.  There will also be shuttle service from the Renaissance Hotel downtown beginning at 12:30 p.m.  The cost for both of these services, which will run continuously up until game time, is $10 per person roundtrip.  
          
The Woodland Street Bridge will close to regular traffic at 11:30 a.m. Monday, after which time it will be available to pedestrians and shuttle buses only.  The Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge will be open to eastbound and westbound traffic until the beginning of the 4th quarter (or earlier depending on traffic flow).  It will then be restricted to westbound traffic only to more quickly disperse game traffic.  
     
BAG RESTRICTIONS
Those attending this game are reminded that the National Football League’s restrictions on what can be brought into stadiums are enforced FOR ALL EVENTS AT LP FIELD, INCLUDING COLLEGE GAMES.   Anything larger than a clutch-style purse must be a clear plastic bag, medical items excluded.  For further information on the bag restrictions, visit http://www.nfl.com/qs/allclear/index.jsp

MONDAY AFTERNOON COMMUTE
East Nashville residents traveling home late Monday afternoon are urged to use James Robertson Parkway.  Police officers will be positioned at James Robertson Parkway intersections downtown to facilitate traffic flow.  
          
Downtown commuters looking to access the interstate system Monday afternoon are urged to avoid game traffic by traveling to the Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Jefferson Street, Church Street or Broadway interchanges.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS
The Battle of the Bands competition, featuring the bands from Ole Miss and Georgia Tech will take place at the intersection of Broadway and 1st Avenue at 5:45 p.m. Sunday.  It will be preceded by the Hot Chicken Eating World Championship at 4 p.m. and a concert by the group 38 Special from 5-5:30 p.m.
          
The following street closures will be in effect on Sunday beginning at 6 a.m. and continuing on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for the New Year’s Eve Bash:
  • 1st Avenue from Church to Demonbreun Streets
  • 2nd Avenue from Commerce to Demonbreun Streets
  • Broadway from 1st to 4th Avenues
MUSIC CITY’S NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH ON BROADWAY
Tens of thousands of persons are expected downtown for the New Year’s Eve Bash.  A number of streets downtown will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.  They include:
  • Broadway from 4th to 5th Avenues
  • 2nd Avenue from Demonbreun to Church Streets
  • Commerce Street from 2nd to 3rd Avenues
  • 3rd Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Streets
  • 1st Avenue from Church to Union Street
  • Bank Street from 1st to 2nd Avenues
  • Church Street from 1st to 2nd Avenues
  • Gay Street Connector from Church Street to 1st Avenue
At 6 p.m. Tuesday, these streets will be closed:
  • 4th Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Streets
  • 5th Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Streets
  • 6th Avenue from Demonbreun  Street to Broadway
  • 7th Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Streets
  • Broadway from 5th to 8th Avenues
Police officers will work to disperse motorists as quickly and efficiently as possible in the early morning hours of Wednesday based on parking areas:
  • Persons parking south of Broadway will travel south on 4th Avenue or West on Demonbreun Street.
  • Persons parking at LP Field will travel east on Woodland Street, east on Shelby Street or onto Interstate Drive.
  • Persons parking north of Broadway will travel west on Broadway, Charlotte Avenue or Church Street.
  • Persons parking in the area of PSC Metals in lower East Nashville will travel south of Davidson Street, S. 5th Street or further into East Nashville.
Those attending the New Year’s Eve Bash are urged to be aware of their surroundings and report anything suspicious to one of the numerous police officers downtown.  Extra-duty officers will be present in the downtown area from 6:30 a.m. Tuesday through sunrise New Year’s Day.

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