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Nashville ready for Game 5 watch parties, CMA Fest

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Thousands of people will pack downtown Nashville in the coming days. (WSMV) Thousands of people will pack downtown Nashville in the coming days. (WSMV)
Air 4 flies over Nissan Stadium on Thursday during CMA Fest. (WSMV) Air 4 flies over Nissan Stadium on Thursday during CMA Fest. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

One of the most historic and busiest weekends in Nashville's history is underway, which includes a chance for the Predators to clinch the Stanley Cup and the CMA Music Festival.

About 80,000 people per day pack downtown Nashville for CMA Fest alone. Add in Predators fans for watch parties, and now you're looking at more than 100,000 people downtown at the same time.

City leaders have been getting ready for CMA Fest all week. It's a four-day music festival that draws people to Nashville from around the world.

There are 10 stages already set up along Broadway and nearby streets, along with Nissan Stadium, for the hundreds of artists who will be performing between Thursday and Sunday.

Miranda Lambert is one of the country music artists you can catch on Thursday. Ahead of her performance, she led a parade of dogs across the Cumberland River to support adopting shelter animals.

Some of the other artists performing on Thursday include Keith Urban, Maren Morris and Martina McBride.

Click here to see the full schedule of artists performing at CMA Fest.

Although the Predators are out of town playing Game 5 in Pittsburgh, fans are still invited to come downtown to watch the game. The team is hosting a ticketed watch party inside Bridgestone Arena. Tickets are $5 for season ticket holders and $15 for non-season ticket holders. Proceeds benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation. Click here to purchase your tickets.

If you can't get a ticket in time or prefer to watch the game outside, there will be another viewing party on Broadway between 4th and 7th avenues. Two giant screens will be set up outdoors on 4th Avenue and between 5th and 6th avenues. The site opens at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Stay with Channel 4 and WSMV.com for updates throughout the day.

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