By RACHAEL LONG
If you’re planning to head to downtown Nashville during the weekend of April 25-27, take note that your plans will coincide with the largest public special event ever held in Nashville: the 2019 NFL Draft. Nashville law enforcement expect the event to draw “well in excess” of 100,000 people to the downtown area.
The Metro Nashville Police Department has issued information about road closures and other pertinent commuter information.
The draft formally begins on the evening of Thursday, April 25 and will continue through Saturday, April 27. The main large stage from which draft picks will be announced is to be constructed by the NFL at Riverfront Park and will face Broadway.
April 27 will also feature the 20th Annual St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which brings thousands of runners to Nashville streets. Metro Police say about 400 officers — mostly in uniform — will be station in the downtown area for staffing security and traffic assignments during the morning of both the marathon and draft.
For those who travel to work in the city, be advised that some road closures will begin as soon as April 5, when 1st Avenue from Demonbreun to Church Streets, and Broadway from 1st to 2nd Avenues, will close to allow for stage construction.
Friday, April 19 will see more closures on Broadway Street from 5th to 6th Avenues at 11 p.m., for construction of an arch. Those streets will reopen Monday, April 22; that same day, traffic on Broadway Street from 3rd to 5th Avenues will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
Full closures for the draft will take effect at midnight on April 24 and involve the following:
Broadway will be closed from 1st to 5th Avenues, as will 1st thru 5th Avenues between Commerce and Demonbreun Streets (4th Avenue will reopen each morning April 24, 25, and 26 for rush hour traffic and will be closed again by 10 a.m. on those days).
During draft days, 2nd Avenue South will be set up as a two-way street from Demonbreun Street to Korean Veterans Boulevard; the westbound lanes of Commerce Street will be setup as a two-way street between 4th and 2nd Avenues; 4th Avenue North (after morning rush hours) will be setup as a two-way street between Commerce Street and Broadway; and 5th Avenue North will be setup as a two-way street between Commerce and Demonbreun Streets.
Drop-off and pick-up locations for citizens, taxis and ride share drivers will be:
Broadway eastbound between 6th and 8th Avenues; Broadway westbound between 7th and 8th Avenues; 7th Avenue curb lanes next to Hume Fogg High School and the Masons Lodge; South 1st Street from Nissan Stadium Lot T to PSC Metals; and Korean Veterans Boulevard parking cutouts.
The Metro Nashville Police Department will have more information for safety and travel come mid-April.