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Music City Bowl & New Year's Eve Bash to Bring Many Thousands of People Downtown


December 23, 2015


Up to 50,000 football fans are expected in downtown Nashville next Wednesday for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl contest between Texas A & M and Louisville.  Fans planning on attending the game are encouraged to arrive early.  Nissan Stadium parking lots will open at 12 noon December 30th  to those who have purchased parking passes (there will be no overnight parking at the stadium on December 29th).  Stadium gates will open at 4 p.m.  Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.  The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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  Nissan Stadium is a short walk from downtown via the Woodland Street Bridge’s sidewalks or the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.           
Gray Line of Tennessee will be operating park and ride shuttle bus service to the game beginning at 4 p.m. from Greer Stadium, located south of downtown at 534 Chestnut Street, and from the Renaissance Hotel at 611 Commerce Street downtown.  The cost for both of these services, which will run continuously up until game time, is $15 per person roundtrip.  
The Woodland Street Bridge will remain open to vehicles on December 30th.  

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 NISSAN STADIUM, 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

Downtown workers traveling home next Wednesday are urged to be aware of congestion in the area of Nissan Stadium during rush hour and plan accordingly.

The Battle of the Bands competition, featuring bands from Texas A & M and Louisville, will take place at the intersection of Broadway and 1st Avenue at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 29th.  Country music stars Big & Rich will also perform.  The music will be preceded by the Hot Chicken Eating World Championship at 4 p.m.  
The following street closures will be in effect on Sunday beginning at 6 a.m. and will continue through Friday for the New Year’s Eve Bash:

•    1st Avenue from Church to Demonbreun Streets
•    Broadway from 1st to 3rd Avenues

More than 100,000 persons are expected downtown for the New Year’s Eve
Bash.  A number of streets downtown will be closed.  They include:

•    Broadway from 3rd to 4th Avenues (at 6 a.m. Monday)
•    Broadway from 5th to 6th Avenues ( at 6 a.m. Tuesday)
•    1st Avenue from Korean Veterans Boulevard to Demonbreun Street (6 a.m. Tuesday)
•    2nd Avenue from Demonbreun to Church Streets (6 a.m. Tuesday)
•    3rd Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Streets (6 a.m. Tuesday)
•    Molloy Street from 1st to 2nd Avenues (6 a.m. Tuesday)
•    Broadway from 7th to 8th Avenues (7 a.m. Thursday)
•    7th Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Street (7 a.m. Thursday)
•    Commerce Street from 2nd to 3rd Avenues (7 a.m. Thursday)
•    Bank Street from 1st to 2nd Avenues (7 a.m. Thursday)
•    Church Street from 1st to 2nd Avenues (7 a.m. Thursday)
•    Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge (11:30 p.m. Thursday for fireworks show)

Police officers will work to disperse motorists as quickly and efficiently as possible in the early morning hours of Friday based on parking areas:

•    Persons parking south of Broadway will travel south on 4th Avenue or West on Demonbreun Street.
•    Persons parking at Nissan Stadium 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.  A large number of extra-duty officers will be present in the downtown area from 6:30 a.m. Thursday through sunrise New Year’s Day.