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Downtown concert goers experience parking problems

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The main parking lot next to the Sommet Center, at 5th Ave. & Demonbreun, is closed. The main parking lot next to the Sommet Center, at 5th Ave. & Demonbreun, is closed.
Concrete barriers prevent drivers from using the parking lot. Concrete barriers prevent drivers from using the parking lot.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thousands of people came to the Sommet Center Friday night to hear the Black Eyed Peas perform, but many found that prime parking spaces were heard to come by.

The main lot next to the arena, located at 5th Avenue and Demonbreun is closed for construction of the Music City Center.

That means 943 convenient parking spots are off limits. Concrete barriers prevent cars from getting into the parking lot.

Another lot with 260 spots is also closed off to make way for the new convention center.

The roughly 1,200 spots are just a fraction of the parking spots in all of downtown Nashville, but they're treasured spots, in a prime location, close to the arena. 

Cindy Barbosa said, "I'm sure it's going to be definitely missed, figuring out where the next spot is going to be to really be able to get to the Sommet Center and other places around here is probably going to be a challenge."

Fans lined up hours before the doors opened, ready for the concert.

Those that arrived early didn't have too much trouble finding a place to park.

Some fans who didn't show up early had a tougher time finding a spot, and it didn't help that temperatures were below freezing.

"I understand why they're doing it," said Andy Vickers, "The convention center will bring in a lot of money if they get it up, but right now it's inconvenient to have it sitting here empty with nothing going on in it, and it's cold."

Some people handed over $5 for a spot, while other had to pay a bit more.

"It's pretty terrible. We had to park way down there and pay $15," said Wade Collins, who also said he had to walk at least a half mile to get to the Sommet Center.

Keep in mind, two downtown parking garages are available during Sommet Center events.

The main library garage on 7th Avenue and Church Street and the garage at the new Pinnacle building at 3rd Avenue and Demonbreun.

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