With about 300,000 visitors expected to come to Nashville for the NFL Draft, there will be lots of traffic.
With that traffic, parking will likely get tricky.
Downtown parking prices, just days ahead of Draft, are just too high for visitors Kathy Peterson and Judy Sanders.
“I looked up there and said ‘what’ and some other words,” said Peterson.
Peterson said they have to play $40 to park a block from Lower Broadway and that’s only going to multiply on the days of the Draft.
But the good news is, there will be free lots for the big event.
Thursday through Saturday, you can park for free at several NFL Draft designated lots:
-Nissan Stadium Lots A, B, C and D
-Main Event Parking Lot at James Robertson Parkway and Main Street, 14 James Robertson Parkway
-CrossPoint Church at 299 Cowan Street
-After 5pm on Thursday and Friday and all day Saturday, the State of Tennessee lots No. 16, 28 and 29 located off James Robertson Parkway by Rosa Parks Boulevard
On Saturday, there will be more closures:
-Boyle Garage at HCA in North Gulch
-Vanderbilt University Parking lot on Chestnut Street across from Greer Stadium (free shuttle runs 8 am – 11 pm)
-State Employee Parking Lot at 400 10th Circle North (free shuttle runs 5pm-12am on Thursday, April 25; 5pm-12am on Friday, April 26; and 5:30am-11pm on Saturday, April 27)
The catch is free parking is first-come, first-serve.
If you miss out, there are parking promotions.
Look out for Premier Parking’s ‘Touchdown Parking Zones’ for the NFL Draft.
There are 13 designated lots and the rate is $20-dollars or less.
For those who live outside of downtown, there’s WeGo Transit buses and the Music City Star.
Regular rates will apply, meaning you’ll spend $1.70 one way by bus, or up to $5.25 one way by train.
Because the Riverfront Station is closed due to Draft construction, starting Wednesday, Star riders will be picked up and dropped off at a temporary pick-up and drop-off location, right behind Ascend Amphitheater.
According to WeGo Transit, all service times will run on regular schedules during the days of the Draft, but trains won’t be held past those times to accommodate bus connections.
Another option – rideshare.
Be aware of prices surges with the influx of people in town for the Draft.
When that happens, Lyft told News 2, riders will be alerted and they’ll have to confirm they accept the multiplier before requetsing a ride.
But if you Lyft to or from a ‘Ride and Scoot’ location, you can get a 30-percent discount.
Ride and Scoot locations for the NFL Draft: https://www.wkrn.com/news/managing-scooter-traffic-ahead-of-the-nfl-draft/1914984915
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