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Attendance Up At CMA Music Festival

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Cleanup is under way in downtown Nashville after the Sunday finale of the CMA Music Festival.

CMA officials said the average daily attendance for the free events and the ticketed concerts at LP Field was 65,000 per night.

"Crowds were larger than we've ever seen," said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. "They seemed to be doing more collectively than we've ever seen. Everyone seemed to go home happy."

"Best experience I've had. We're definitely coming back next year," said festival attendee Ron Murdock. "It seemed like every night you'd think, 'Oh, this is the best night.' The next night is better. You couldn't ask for it to be better."

It's too soon to tell how much cash the CMA Music Festival pumped into the local economy. Last year the state estimated the festival brought in $24 million into the local economy.

Tickets for the 2012 festival, to be held June 7-10, go on sale to the public on Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m.

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