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Expect downtown traffic congestion Thursday for Titans game


Drivers can expect heavy traffic around downtown Thursday evening due to the sold-out Titans game that begins at 7 p.m.

Metro police plan to implement the usual traffic plan beginning at 4:30 p.m., when they will close the Woodland Street bridge to vehicle traffic through the conclusion of the game.

Officers will be working to detour commuters away from stadium traffic. Police say if James Robertson Parkway becomes overcrowded, traffic will be diverted to Jefferson Street or the Metro Center area via Third Avenue.

Pedestrians will be able to cross the Cumberland River via the Woodland Street bridge as well as the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge in order to access LP Field.

Parking lots will open to vehicles with parking passes at 3 p.m. and the stadium gates open at 5 p.m. There is no cash parking at LP Field, so those who drive to the stadium without a parking pass will be turned away to park elsewhere, police said.

Fans without parking passes are encouraged to park downtown, then ride an InShuttle Transportation shuttle bus. Shuttles will travel from the state parking areas at 10th and Charlotte and 4th and Harrison beginning at 5:30 p.m.

As a reminder, the NFL has a new restriction on what can be brought into stadiums. Under the new rules, fans cannot bring coolers, briefcases, backpacks, seat cushions, fanny packs, luggage, camera bags or purses larger than a handbag into stadiums.

One-gallon plastic bags are OK, as are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12" by 6" by 12".

There will be certain exceptions to the rules just for medical equipment. There will be a special entrance at gates 1, 5 and 7 at LP Field specified for people with that equipment to be inspected.

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