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Going to Iroquois Steeplechase this weekend? Prepare for major traffic

Posted: 10:50 AM, May 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-09 11:50:57-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Iroquois Steeplechase may be a major event for spring, but if you don't plan it right, it can also leave you sitting in major traffic.

There are three ways for the 25,000 spectators to get to Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park: Highway 100, Hillsboro Road and Interstate 65.

Expect the biggest delays on Old Hickory Boulevard, which will also have a section closed to allow shuttles for the event.

The first race begins at 1 p.m. and Old Hickory westbound from I-65 will really start to slow around 10 a.m. or 11 a.m., so get there earlier if you can.

Gates open at 8 a.m.

Expect eastbound slowdowns after the final race at 5:30 p.m.

If you don’t want to drive, the official Lyft rideshare lounge -- located at 7179 Highway 100 -- is near Gate 7. They'll have chairs, Wi-Fi and charging stations.

First-time Lyft users can get $5 off two rides to and from Steeplechase by using the code ISC2019.

There will also be open parking for those without parking passes nearby on Highway 100 and down on Vaughn Road.