Downtown Nashville Events: Plan for Delays and Crowds

Downtown Nashville expects heavy traffic Friday evening due to multiple events.

Downtown Nashville is gearing up for a busy Friday evening with several special events anticipated to draw large crowds. Event attendees are advised to arrive early to secure parking and ensure they reach their destinations on time.

A significant turnout is expected for the second night of the Morgan Wallen concert at Nissan Stadium, with around 50,000 concert-goers anticipated. The concert is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. In preparation, the Woodland Street Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic from 5 p.m. and will only be accessible to pedestrians and WeGo buses. It’s important to note that parking on the Nissan Stadium campus is available only to those with a pre-sold permit. Attendees without a parking pass should consider arranging their parking in advance or opt for a rideshare service.

In addition to the concert, the Nashville Predators will be playing game six of their Stanley Cup playoff series against Vancouver at 6 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena. Fans heading to the game should be prepared for heavy traffic around the arena by late afternoon and are encouraged to plan accordingly to find parking downtown.

Other events scheduled for Friday evening include a concert by Portugal. The Man at the Ryman Auditorium starting at 8 p.m., and a Nashville Sounds game against Norfolk at First Horizon Park, which kicks off at 6:35 p.m.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) will have officers stationed around all four venues and throughout downtown to ensure public safety. The MNPD urges drivers to park smartly by securing all valuables, including firearms, within their vehicles or leaving them at home to prevent theft. Event-goers are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to nearby police officers, emphasizing the importance of being aware of their surroundings amidst the bustling atmosphere.

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