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New Year's Eve, bowl game to close downtown streets

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More than 50,000 football fans are expected in downtown Nashville Monday morning for the Music City Bowl contest between Vanderbilt and North Carolina State. Parking on the stadium campus is sold out (there will be no cash parking at LP Field). Fans planning on attending the game are encouraged to arrive early. LP Field parking lots will be open to those with parking passes at 7 a.m. Monday (there will be no overnight parking at the stadium on December 30th). Stadium gates will open at 9 a.m. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Fans driving into Nashville on game day are urged to follow the guidance provided on interstate message boards. Those without parking passes who drive to the stadium campus will be diverted to the downtown area to find available parking. Downtown parking information can be found by clicking the link. 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/Convention Center downtown beginning at 9 a.m. The cost for both of these services, which will run continuously up until game time, is $10 per person roundtrip. InShuttle will provide $10 park and ride bus service for this game from the state parking lots at 4th Avenue North & Harrison Street beginning at 9 a.m.

The Woodland Street Bridge will close to regular traffic at 8:30 a.m. Monday, after which time it will be available to pedestrians and shuttle buses only. The Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge (Gateway Bridge), which connects East Nashville to 4th Avenue North, 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.

East Nashville residents traveling home late Monday afternoon are urged to take 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, Church Street or Broadway interchanges.


The Battle of the Bands competition, featuring the bands from Vanderbilt and North Carolina State, will take place on Broadway in front of the Hard Rock Café at 6 p.m. Sunday. It will be preceded by a 5 p.m. Diamond Rio concert.

The following street closures will be in effect on Sunday beginning at 6 a.m. and continuing on Monday 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


A number of streets downtown will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. Monday for the New Year's Eve Bash. They include:

  • 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 noon Monday, these streets will be closed:

  • 4th Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Streets
  • Broadway from 4th to 5th Avenues

At 6 p.m. Monday, these streets will be closed:

  • 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

Tens of thousands of persons are expected downtown for the New Year's Eve Bash. Police officers will work to disperse motorists as quickly and efficiently as possible in the early morning hours of Tuesday 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.

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