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.