Traffic tie-ups anticipated in Nashville for Music City Bowl

Battle of the Bands

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An estimated 60,000 football fans are expected in downtown Nashville Tuesday for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl between LSU and Notre Dame.

Pre-game events were held downtown Monday night ahead of the game with a Battle of the Bands competition and the Hot Chicken Eating World Championship.

“I spent 10 hours in the car today so it was a long journey but definitely worth it,” said Claire Kampman, a Notre Dame fan from Cleveland, Ohio.

“I thought they played really well,” she said of the bands. “They showed off their music really well and made the Irish look good.”

Taylor Rabalais, an LSU fan from Louisiana, brought his family.

“Three of us are students at LSU so we just go to all the games,” he said. “I’ve been to every game the past 5 years but tonight was amazing. You know battling between a band as big as they were, it was pretty good so must say top 10 performance I have ever seen.”

The band battle was followed by a performance by country singer Trace Adkins.

Fans attending the game Tuesday at LP Field are encouraged to arrive early. LP Field parking lots will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday to those who have purchased parking passes. Parking passes to the stadium lots are sold out.

Stadium gates will open at noon. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

Fans driving into Nashville on game day are urged to follow the guidance provided on interstate message boards. Downtown parking information can be found online at

Fans who park downtown can then walk across the river using the Woodland Street Bridge at the north end of the stadium or the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge just to the south.

Gray Line of Tennessee will be operating park and ride shuttle bus service to the game beginning at 12:30 p.m. from Greer Stadium, located south of downtown at 534 Chestnut Street. There will also be shuttle service from the Renaissance Hotel downtown beginning at 12:30 p.m.

The cost for both of these services, which will run continuously up until game time, is $10 per person roundtrip.

The Woodland Street Bridge will close to regular traffic by 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, after which time it will be available to pedestrians and shuttle buses only.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge 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.

The following streets closed at 6 a.m. Monday and will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for the annual Bash on Broadway on New Year’s Eve:

  • 1st Avenue from Church to Demonbreun Streets
  • 2nd Avenue from Commerce to Demonbreun Streets
  • Broadway from 1st to 4th Avenues

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