Reminder: Traffic advisory for tonight
A note on this was already on the site last night, but I wanted to add it to the blog today, too: While the Tigers host the Royals tonight at Comerica Park for a 7:08pm start, Kenny Chesney and other acts will be in concert across the street at Ford Field in an all-day event that begins at 4:30pm. Add the two sellout crowds together and, well, that’s a lot of people driving downtown for the same parking lots.
Olympia Development Parking Services announced Friday that its lots east of Woodward will be held for fans attending the Tigers game. If you show a ticket or parking pass, or if you have tickets waiting at will call, you can use those parking lots. No tailgating will be allowed in those lots so that they can fit as many cars as possible.
The Oympia lots east of Woodward are available on a first-come, first-served basis, whether you’re going to the ballgame or the concert. Considering the crowd that’s already downtown, I’m guessing more than a few of those served are going to the concert.
Either way, plan on a lot of traffic, and exercise some patience. Even coming in around 1pm, there were a lot of folks downtown, though the streets weren’t jammed quite yet. I haven’t heard anything on when the concert is expected to wrap up.