New Year's Eve draws thousands to Music City - WKRN News 2

New Year's Eve draws thousands to Music City

Posted: Updated: Dec 31, 2012 5:51 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Thousands have begun to descend on downtown Nashville for New Year's Eve, arguably Music City's biggest night of the year.

Organizers with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau hope this year's Bash on Broadway is the largest yet.

"Last year we had a little over 50,000 [people] so this year we're expecting nothing less than that," spokesperson David Spencer told Nashville's News 2.

The New Year's Eve street party usually draws thousands of visitors to Nashville from all over the country.

Many visitors are also in Music City to see North Carolina State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

"This is the first time I've been here but my fiancée is on her way and she loves country music and she always wanted to come to Nashville," Andrew White, a North Carolina State fan, told Nashville's News 2 Sunday.

Vanderbilt fans are also planning to attend the Bash on Broadway.

"We've been this close but never come down [to Music City on New Year's Eve]," Tom Thompson of Crossville told Nashville's News 2, adding, "it's a good reason to be here."

The countdown to Midnight for the music note drop and fireworks begins at 7 p.m.

The Fray, Sixpence None the Richer, Love and Theft, Striking Matches and Lennon and Maisy Stella of the hit show "Nashville" are all set to perform.

Read more about the festivities at VisitMusicCity.com.

Will the music note drop?

Nashville is hoping 2013 is its year.  Neither the guitar in 2010 nor the music note in 2011 made it all the way to the ground.  Both were stuck somewhere between 20 seconds and Midnight.

Jonathan Hammel's company "Made First" heads the drop each year and says 2012 will be different.

"This year we're using a different motor and the control is a whole lot better this year," he said, adding, "It's a computerized system.  It's pretty much foolproof."

Hammel told Nashville's News 2 the crew practiced the drop an estimated 15 times Sunday night.

"After rehearsal last night, it came down every time we practiced and this year, the guys at Five Points Rigging are responsible for the automation and those guys do a great job and it'll come down," he said.

Transportation

Programs like the Davidson County Sheriff's Office's Sober Ride and AAA's Tow to Go will make it easy for partygoers at the annual Bash on Broadway to get home safely this New Year's Eve.

Beginning at 11 p.m. Monday, sheriff's office employees will pick up party-goers in need of a ride on the corner of 6th and Broadway or Demonbreun.

The free service will continue until 3 a.m. Tuesday.  Drivers will only take people home or to a hotel in Davidson County, not to another party or bar.

More than 100 sheriff's office employees and volunteers took 850 people home last year.

Click here to read more.

Revelers can also call AAA at 1-800-AAA-HELP for a free ride home and tow for their vehicle.

The program is also free and 100% confidential but is designed to be a last resort.

How long drivers have to wait for a ride will depend on the availability of tow truck drivers.

Since it began in the late 1990s, Tow to Go has safely kept more than 16,000 drunk drivers off the roadways.

For those driving to the Bash on Broadway, parking is available at LP Field for $20.

From the stadium, attendees can take a shuttle to Lower Broadway.  Shuttles will run from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Cars can be left at LP Field through New Year's Day without penalty.

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