Record breaking crowds expected at downtown New Year's Eve bash - WKRN News 2

Record breaking crowds expected at downtown New Year's Eve bash

Posted: Updated: Dec 31, 2013 2:58 PM CST
Road closures beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Road closures beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Road closures beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Road closures beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Record breaking crowds are expected at the annual New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Nashville.

The Bash on Broadway features live performances and the famous music note, set to drop at Midnight, much like the famous ball in New York City.

The note, built by Nashville-based MadeFirst, has gotten stuck in past years, but crews spent the evening Monday testing everything to ensure it runs smoothly.

Hank Williams Jr. will headline the concert, with Brett Eldredge, Blackberry Smoke, Striking Matches, Robert Randolph and the Kopecky Family Band opening up.

The music starts at 6:30 p.m. with the raising of the music note at 7 p.m.

The countdown to the New Year will begin just before Midnight, ending with fireworks and the drop of the music note.  The live music will continue a few minutes after.

A new attraction to the Bash on Broadway is a big oak picture frame that people can pose for pictures inside of on Broadway and 3rd Avenue South.

The Oak frame was assembled Tuesday morning.

In anticipation of the bigger crowd, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. announced new "House Rules."

Permitted items include handheld umbrellas up to 36 inches, personal cameras and small bags or backpacks.

There is a long list of prohibited items. No dogs are allowed, with the exception of service animals. Wagons or pull-carts for children are also not allowed, along with personal transport devices, such as bicycles, skateboards, and Segways.

Coolers and chairs must also be left at home. To see the full list of prohibited items, view the House Rules.

Metro police will also have a number of street closures in place.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday:

  • 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

Beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday:

  • 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 again offer its Sober Ride program beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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 those 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.

Those wishing to take their own cars and park downtown can find a comprehensive listing of parking lots and garages at ParkItDowntown.com.

Parking at LP Field will be $5. The Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean Veterans Bridge will both be open to walk across, to and from the event.

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