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Police increase patrols ahead of football games, New Year's Eve

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

More than 100,000 people are expected to pass through downtown during the upcoming Tennessee Titans game, Music City Bowl and "Bash on Broadway" on New Year's Eve.

The Tennessee Titans took on the Houston Texans at LP Field Sunday afternoon.

Following the game, the Music City Bowl festivities kick off on First Avenue South and Broadway with the" Hot Chicken Eating World Championship" at 4 p.m., a concert at 5 p.m. and the Battle of The Bands between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.

Metro police will begin having extra-duty officers downtown at 6:30 am Sunday. Extra officers will remain until sunrise New Year's Day.

"As will all large events held in our city, we strongly urge citizens to remember the motto, ‘See Something, Say Something,'" Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said.  "If you see something suspicious or concerning, say something to the nearest police officer."

Not all the officers will be in uniform. Metro Police will also have plain clothes officers among the crowd for added security.

For the "Bash on Broadway" there are some new event guidelines from the convention and visitors corporation.

Permitted items include:
•    Handheld umbrellas up to 36"
•    Personal Cameras
•    Small bags and backpacks

Event goers are not allowed to bring:

•    Outside alcohol
•    Weapons or dangerous devices of any kind
•    Laser pointers
•    Pop-up tents
•    Beach style umbrellas
•    Wagon or pull carts
•    Bicycles
•    Skateboards
•    Segways
•    Coolers or chairs of any type.

Also, people cannot park on the sides of the interstates to watch the fireworks.

As part of the events police will shut down a number of streets beginning on Sunday morning.

According to a media release by police, the following street closures will be in effect Sunday beginning at 6 a.m. and continuing through Tuesday's New Year's Eve Bash:

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

On Tuesday addition streets will close beginning at 7 a.m.  Those closures include:

•    Broadway from 4th to 5th Avenues
•    2nd Avenue from Demonbreun to Church Streets
•    Commerce Street from 2nd to 3rd Avenues
•    3rd Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Streets
•    1st Avenue from Church to Union Street
•    Bank Street from 1st to 2nd Avenues
•    Church Street from 1st to 2nd Avenues
•    Gay Street Connector from Church Street to 1st Avenue

At 6 p.m. Tuesday these final streets will close:


•    4th Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Streets
•    5th Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Streets
•    6th Avenue from Demonbreun  Street to Broadway
•    7th Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Streets
•    Broadway from 5th to 8th Avenues

The Davidson County Sheriff's department will offer its Sober Ride program on New Year's Eve beginning at 10 p.m.

The free service provides a direct ride home for people who want one.

The shuttles will pick up passengers at 2nd Avenue and Church Street between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

For people who want to take a taxi, there will be a dedicated taxi stand in front of the Bridgestone Arena between 5th and 6th avenues beginning at 10 p.m.

The Music City Star is also offering a special New Year's Eve rate of $13 roundtrip to take the Music City Star from Wilson County into downtown Nashville.

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