Amphitheater concerts mean downtown traffic woes

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Michaela Redmond

Outdoor concert season is heating up, with the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater playing host to big-name performances this month.

On Friday, Willie Nelson and family performed alongside special guests Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors and Peytan Porter, drawing in fans from around the state and even farther.

“I initially came to see Willie because I’ve never seen Willie and he’s legend,” said Tuscaloosa resident Sharlotta Savany.

Savany’s friend agreed that they were excited to come and see Willie perform locally.

“We’re very excited, I’m from Nashville originally, but I still never saw him up there, so we are really excited to see Willie,” said Tuscaloosa resident Marlene Carver.

The downtown Tuscaloosa area is no stranger to increased traffic during performances and other events.

Guests were asked to arrive early and park off Jack Warner Parkway or in the public lot off Greensboro Avenue.

“It was pretty good getting in here and got parking pretty good,” said Athens, Georgia, resident Jonathan Williams.

In all, 3,775 tickets were sold leading up to the day of the performance. The amphitheater can hold a total of 7,470 people.

Even though the venue was far from sold out, parking was still an issue for concert-goers and those who were after a nice evening downtown.

The traffic and limited parking concerns did not stop people from coming out from all over to experience Willie’s music first-hand.

“Been listening to him my whole life and finally got an opportunity to come see him from watching Talladega,” said Williams.

The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater’s next big event is Miranda Lambert, who is performing April 27.

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