Friday, June 13, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "These seats are usually filled with baseball fans, but tonight thousands are pouring in to see Florida Georgia Line and Nelly take the stage.
"We chose this venue. We were looking in the South East at the ball park tour here. We're hitting 8 ball parks in total and we're happy to stop here in Augusta," promoter Andrew Farwell said.
Ten thousand people will be coming through these gates. The GreenJackets say they haven't had a concert here in about four years and this will be the biggest crowd they ever had.
"It's going to be a mad house because parking lots open around 4:30 or 5 so it's not going to be a trickling but it's going to be everyone coming at once," said concert goer Anna Wagner.
Thousands of people and only 700 parking spots. Twenty nine Richmond County deputies will block off Milledge Road and Wood Road, the only way in and out to regulate traffic and parking.
"It's not a parking friendly area so they'll get backed up and we'll get them straightened out," Lt. Jimmy Wyldes said.
Those spots are only for those who bought a parking pass, so all of the other parking spots around the area are fair game.
"As long as you don't block anybody's drive way you wont get any parking tickets, but if you block someones driveway your car wont be there," Wyldes said.
Richmond County deputies will also be patrolling the area keeping an eye on parked cars. They'll also be around to make sure people get to and from the concert safely. They say they planned ahead and warned those who live in the area about the influx of people, but they say they aren't worried, and neither is Faye McNair, who lives right near the stadium. She couldn't be happier for everyone to cruise on down.
"The more the merrier. I've even offered free parking for those who don't have parking. We're just excited to have it in our area," McNair said.
Faye said she can sit on her porch and enjoy the sounds for free.
"The best part about where I live I can sit on my deck and hear all of it I don't have to go anywhere. We enjoy all the things over in this area from the stadium, fireworks, and concerts, and this is one of the big ones so we're excited," McNair said.
Faye says for everyone to come on down and bring the fun.
"I just won't be directing traffic, I'll be dancing," McNair said.
If you don't have a parking pass, your best option is to park at GRU Summerville Campus and they have shuttles that will take you to and from the concert all night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Ten thousand people are expected to be at the Florida Georgia Line concert at Olmstead Stadium tonight, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said.
Nelly and Chris Lane will also join the concert that starts at 7:30 p.m. where the GreenJackets usually play.
A park and ride bus starts at all parking lots on the GRU campus off of Walton Way, the Sheriff's Office said. There is a $5 fee for this service. The Julian Smith Casino has been rented for an unrelated event and the parking lot is not available for concert parking.
Lake Olmstead Stadium seats 4,400 and are averaging 2,514 people per game, Augusta GreenJackets Baseball General Manager Tom Denlinger said. Tickets were sold for the field and box.
The Sheriff’s Office has deputies directing traffic and manning lights to move traffic. The concert should end around 11:30 p.m. and the Sheriff's Office expects traffic to be back to normal in this area by 12:15 a.m.
The Sheriff's Office reminds concert-goers to lock their car doors, and avoid leaving valuable items exposed to view.