‘Transportainment’ tours downtown forced to detour due to NFL Draft road closures

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With one week away until the NFL Draft, downtown businesses are already feeling the effects.

For business owners who operate downtown, they’re having to work around road closures that are directly impacting a popular form of entertainment in Music City – transportainment.

“It’s going to be Christmas for a lot of folks here in Nashville,” said Ken Dorsey who sings downtown.

“It’s going to help downtown a ton,” said Grant Rosenblatt who owns Honky Tonk Party Express.

But for Music City’s transportainment industry where parties explore the city in almost any vehicle you can think of, it’s not all good news.

Curtis Carney owns Off the Wagon Tours.

“Over the past several weeks since downtown, First Avenue, Broadway have been closed off, we really had to change our routes over the past three weeks, and then this week is going to be even worse,” said Carney.

The Draft road closures block off lower Broadway.

Road closures are typically only days ahead of big events, but for the Draft, almost a month in advance.

“All the tours want to go downtown – they want to see Broadway, they want to see what Nashville has to offer,” said Carney. “I just don’t know how many people are going to end up disappointed.”

Fifth Avenue and Broadway is where most tours kick into high gear with the bars, the people, and the lights.

But for the NFL Draft, cars won’t be able to get past Sixth Avenue, so riders will likely get as close as Seventh Avenue before having to take a detour.

“Alternate plan is for us to avoid downtown starting this weekend because there’s going to be nowhere for us to go,” said Carney.

Tour company Nashville Pedal Tavern is in the same predicament.

In an email to News 2, the company says it will only be able to operate in the midtown area.

Others, like Music City Party Tub, told News 2 over the phone, it won’t be operating during the Draft because of the road closures

Rosenblatt’s tour company, Honky Tonk Party Express, starts and ends its tours on Broadway and Third Avenue.

“Are we operational on Broadway right now? No,” said Rosenblatt.

Rosenblatt said despite the closures, he embraces what’s to come.

He’s moved his operation south of the Convention Center and is doing his best to alert customers of the experience they’re going to miss.

“Being prepared is just the best you can do,” said Rosenblatt. “It’s going to be chaotic I’m sure, but again, this is a huge deal for Nashville.”

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