NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The final road closures have gone into effect one day before the NFL Draft kicks off in Nashville.
Round 1 of the draft gets underway Thursday in downtown. Some 100,000-150,000 people are expected to head downtown each day for the three-day event.
The tent next to the main stage is a block long. View from the sky is telling! pic.twitter.com/il9FMPWEPK— Hannah McDonald (@Hannah_NC5) April 24, 2019
Broadway is now fully closed from 5th Avenue down to the waterfront.
Church and Demonbreun Streets are shut down until at least Saturday night. Other significant closures include: 2nd and 3rd Avenues between Church and Demonbreun, Bank and Commerce Streets, 2nd Street and the road between Nissan Stadium and the parking lot.
If you’re getting there by car
There will be free parking available at Nissan Stadium, lots A, B, C and D – that will get you close to the fan experience and you can walk the pedestrian bridge to get across the river.
Cross Point Church is another free to park lot, along with the main event lot on James Robertson Parkway and Main Street. Some state lots are also available near Rosa L. Parks Boulevard and James Robertson Parkway but not until after 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
Don't forget! Big changes tomorrow for downtown buses and the Star! Check https://t.co/AgGChgbLmQ for your bus changes (some 20 routes are impacted) and the Star temporary platform moves to Ascend Amphitheatre #5LiveTraffic pic.twitter.com/ocmy8NVqhD— Rebecca Schleicher (@NC5_RSchleicher) April 23, 2019
Plan to rideshare?
These are the official pickup/drop-off zones: Korean Veterans Boulevard near Nissan Stadium on 2nd Street and downtown on 2nd Avenue, Broadway – outside the closure from 5th to 8th Avenue, and Commerce Street.
Scooters and bikes are not allowed within the draft footprint. If you want to do anything down by the river, walking is your best bet.
If you want to avoid the rush downtown on the roads for the marathon on Saturday, you can ride the Star! Tickets are $12 here . The train will leave Lebanon at 5 a.m., and get into downtown about an hour later. It will leave the Riverfront after the marathon at noon.
Some 20 bus routes are impacted with detours, as well. For more information, you can head to the WeGotransit site to find out how the Draft will change your route.