Parking woes could bring a pre-New Year’s hangover headache for many headed downtown Thursday to catch the sold-out Music City Bowl battle between North Carolina and Tennessee.
Metro police have asked fans to arrive downtown early and to check http://www.parkitdowntown.com or http://nashville.centralparking.com/Nashville.html to plan for parking.
Parking lots at LP Field will open at 10 a.m. for fans with parking passes headed to the Music City Bowl, which starts at 5:30 p.m.
Police encourage those without parking passes to follow interstate message boards to find parking downtown or visit the websites above for downtown parking information.
Starting at 3 p.m. Thursday, the Woodland Street Bridge will be open only to pedestrians and shuttle bus traffic.
For $10 per person roundtrip, fans can ride Gray Line’s shuttle service from Greer Stadium (534 Chestnut St.) starting at 4 p.m. The Renaissance Hotel (located at 611 Commerce St.) will also provide shuttle service costing $10 per person and beginning at 4 p.m.
In addition, Gray Line will offer shuttle service with pickup points at Casino Depot on Music Valley Drive, all Music Valley hotels and campgrounds, all Elm Hill Pike hotels, all West End area hotels and hotels on Demonbreun Street.
For that service, there will be two separate pickup times, between 12:30 and 1 p.m., and between 3 and 3:30 p.m. The service costs $15 per person roundtrip and requires reservations.
Also, InShuttle will operate shuttle service from Fourth Avenue North and Harrison Street (behind the Farmer’s Market) beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. That roundtrip cost is $10.