Titans, Commodores games could cause Thursday rush hour headaches

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 7:10pm
Staff reports

The simultaneous start of two football games looks to grind the Thursday evening commute to a halt, particularly for those headed both east and west from downtown.

Commuters passing through the West End-Vanderbilt area can expect heavy traffic and delays around 6 p.m. at the start of the Vanderbilt-South Carolina football game — the home opener for the Commodores.

At the same time, just across the Cumberland River, the Tennessee Titans wrap up their preseason against the New Orleans Saints at LP Field.

Starting at 3:30 p.m., police will close the Woodland Street Bridge to vehicle traffic, allowing only pedestrians and shuttles. Gates to LP Field will open at 4 p.m. Thursday.  Stadium parking lots will open at 2 p.m. to Titans fans with parking passes.

Police suggest fans headed to the Titans game that park north of Broadway use the Woodland Street Bridge to reach LP Field, while those parking along and south of Broadway use the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge.

Additional downtown-area parking information can be found here.

Metro police advise drivers to find other ways to get home, avoiding those two areas of town during rush hour.

There will be no parking on Oldham Street, just off North First Street, for all games this year so emergency vehicles can access the area if necessary.

3 Comments on this post:

By: MusicCity615 on 8/30/12 at 7:25

A great opportunity for urban residents to use the future BRT and not have any problems.

By: PKVol on 8/30/12 at 8:35

Do you really think the BRT will be capable of handling 100,000 people in an 2 hour span - 65,000 at LP and 35,000 at Vanderbilt? Even cities with rail systems that can handle 4-10 times the volume as BRT experience long wait times, especially after the event since most everyone is leaving at nearly the same time.

By: MusicCity615 on 8/30/12 at 3:14

read my post, PKVol.

URBAN RESIDENTS who would otherwise have to drive to the games and be stuck in traffic could walk to the BRT stations and zip past everyone else in traffic- proof that living in centralized cities make sense.

Unfortunately those who do not live within the BRT's 9 mile stretch will have to drive, more reason for Metro Nashville and Middle Tennesse to expand its mass transit.