Concert crowds expected to overflow downtown BR

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Posted: Mar 29, 2013 4:06 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Mar 29, 2013 4:34 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Elton John, Anthony Hamilton, concert, sold out, downtown, Baton Rouge, traffic, parking, police

BATON ROUGE - The River Center is anticipating its largest crowd in history this weekend, which could also mean historic traffic downtown.

Friday's Elton John and Anthony Hamilton concerts will bring an estimated 13,000 people to the Baton Rouge venue.

Hamilton's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre of Performing Arts, and Elton John starts at 8 p.m. in the River Center Arena. Both concerts are sold out.

In addition to the concerts, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity District Conference is ongoing at the River Center Exhibition Hall and River View Room on throughout the day and into the evening.

The River Center admits "traffic and parking will be challenging".

Baton Rouge Police will help with traffic flow and crowd control downtown, but no more than usual, said Corporal L'Jean McKneely.

McKneely said four to five uniform officers will assist with at the River Center's parking garage and bicycle cops will be downtown along with regular patrols.

The River Center is holding a Pre-Concert Part at 5:30 p.m. to help with congestion and advises concert-goers to take alternate ways downtown including Convention Street, Florida Boulevard, Highland Road and River Road.

Also, CATS Capitol Park Trolley Service will run from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Here are parking garages in walking distance of the River Center:

River Center East & West Garages
Located at the corner of St. Louis and Government Street
Open at 6:00am
Event Parking is $5.00

Belle of Baton Rouge River Road Parking Garage
Located on River Road
Open 24 Hours
Event Parking is $10.00

3rd Street Garage
Located at the corner of 3rd Street and Convention
Open at 6:00am
Event Parking is $3 after 4:30pm

Lipsey Parking Lot
Located at the corner of St. Philip and South Boulevard
Open at 6:00am
Event Parking is $5.00

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