Will Jay Z and Beyonce cause worse gridlock than Snowpocalypse?

50,000 tickets have been sold for tonight’s Georgia Dome show.

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Jay Z and Beyoncé’s On the Run tour stops in Atlanta tonight. The power couple’s gig at the Dome is sold out, and officials are projecting hordes of fans to make their way Downtown, where folks are still a bit jittery what with this weekend’s car show stampede. The already problematic traffic conditions at the Dome will be worse because of construction underway for the new Falcons stadium.

Atlanta wouldn’t be the first stop on the tour to face major traffic jams. The tour opened in Miami in June, starting an hour behind the scheduled time due to traffic. During the delay, some fans took to social media, capturing the seemingly endless rows of cars, while others ditched their cars and walked the rest of the way to Sun Life Stadium. Here’s a recreation of that experience from Vulture.

Bracing for crowds, the staff at the Dome issued an advisory on Friday that stated:

While the Georgia Dome is no stranger to hosting large events, this is the first event with a capacity crowd since the construction of the New Atlanta Stadium has begun just feet from the Georgia Dome (literally a few feet, the fence line for the new stadium project is only 10 feet, 4 inches from the Georgia Dome in some areas).

Fans attending Tuesday night’s concert should know that a lot has changed from their previous trips to the Dome:

  • The New Atlanta Stadium construction project is taking place in the area that was the orange lot, purple lot, brown lot and silver lot. Meaning we have about 1,300 fewer parking spots around the Dome.
  • The New Atlanta Stadium construction project also forced the closure of Georgia Dome Drive along with portions of Mitchell St. and MLK Jr. Dr.
  • Mangum Street was also redesigned around the New Atlanta Stadium construction project.
  •  Because the south side of the Dome is largely a construction zone, the Dome Ticket office/ will call windows have moved to the other side of the building and can now be found between gates B and C, look for the large balloon!

The Dome officials recommend taking MARTA or buying advance parking passes and heading to the show early. Perhaps with those scenes of Miami (or abandoned cars on the Connector during January’s snow storm?) in mind, the advisory also stated:

Please be a good neighbor to all of our friends who live near the Dome, parking is at a premium on event days and sometimes a spot is impossible to find. Do not park in unauthorized areas in the local neighborhoods or you risk being ticketed and/or towed.

Click here for details on getting to the Dome and an interactive map.

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  1. Deementina Washington

    July 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    They had plenty of time knowing concert was happenigg so why they didnt build parking lots in time is plane foooooolish. Who need that new Dome anyway