More than 75,000 people expected downtown for New Year's bash - WSMV Channel 4

More than 75,000 people expected downtown for New Year's bash

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Between some high-profile sporting events and the annual New Year's Eve celebration, downtown Nashville is a popular place to be this week.

Both The Huffington Post and Self Magazine have listed Music City as a top destination to visit for New Year's Eve, and thousands of visitors are expected again this year.

Many of the festivities are already underway, as college football fans filled the streets and hotel rooms for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Ole Miss took on Georgia Tech at LP Field, and the events included a battle of the marching bands along with a hot chicken eating competition.

The same stretch of downtown will host the Bash on Broadway on Tuesday night, and the big music note will fall at midnight, signaling the start of the new year.

"We're expecting record crowds, which would be about 75,000 or more," said Deana Ivey, with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Live music starts around 6:30 p.m. and features Hank Williams Jr., Robert Randolph and many others.

They'll raise the note early on for the kids at 7 p.m. with fireworks, then lower it at midnight with an even bigger fireworks show.

The parking lots at LP Field will be open New Year's Eve for $5 per vehicle, and for other information about parking downtown, visit: http://www.parkitdowntown.com.

Road closures downtown

The following streets are already closed through Tuesday night 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

Additionally, the following streets will be closed at 7 a.m. Tuesday:

  • 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

And these streets will be closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday:

  • 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

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