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Police increase patrol as fans descend on Nashville for CMA Music Fest

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Concerts at Riverfront kick off the annual CMA Music Fest. Concerts at Riverfront kick off the annual CMA Music Fest.
Tens of thousands of people will be in downtown over the next four days attending the festival. Tens of thousands of people will be in downtown over the next four days attending the festival.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Authorities are stepping up their patrol in downtown Nashville as the 43rd annual CMA Music Fest kicks off.

Tens of thousands of people will descend to Nashville over the coming days to attend the much anticipated music fest which includes nightly concerts, beginning Thursday, at LP Field in downtown.

Tickets to the four-day event sold out in mid-February before the nightly lineup was announced.

"Tickets to LP Field sold faster than ever before. A record nine weeks sooner than in 2013," CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern previously said.

Country favorites Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert, Little Antebellum, and Luke Bryan, among many others are all set to perform at LP Field. View the complete lineup.

With the extra visitors in downtown Nashville, officers are stepping up patrols to keep everyone safe.

Officials told News 2 they began working on their protection plan in January.

“At any one time, there could be as many as 80 additional officers down here working,” said Lt. Jim Stephens with Metro police.

Some of the officers are in uniform, while others are undercover. They are also making sure the artists stay safe.

“Every morning we do bomb sweeps. All stages, all areas, we go through with the dogs, we sweep the stages, the gear, everything, just as precaution,” said Greg Pitman the production manager with the CMA Festival.

Security is also watching the crowds from cameras stationed throughout downtown.

Officials said their goal is to make sure everyone at the festival can relax and have a good time.

The CMA Music Festival began in 1972 as Fan Fair, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville's Municipal Auditorium.

The festival has grown every year, attracting more than 80,000 people from every state and two dozen foreign countries in recent years.

Visit CMAFest.com for complete festival details.

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