More than 800,000 people in ATL this weekendAtlanta Downtown Connector. Source: Wikimedia commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Atlanta_75.85.jpg
Get ready. Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta is finally here, and it’s going to be nuts.
Atlanta Police are expecting an extra 800,000 people to visit Atlanta this weekend to participate in a ton of events. Here’s the “partial list” provided by APD:
• Chick-Fil-A Game Fan Fare, Thursday, Georgia World Congress Center, 2-6 pm
• Chick-Fil-A Bowl Game, Thursday, Ole Miss vs. Boise State, Georgia Dome, 7 pm
• Chick-Fil-A Fan events, Centennial Olympic Park, Friday – Sunday
• Aerosmith Concert, Thursday, Philips Arena, 7:30 pm
• Atlanta Braves vs. Marlins, Friday – Sunday, Turner Field
• Chick-Fil-A Game Fan Fare, Saturday, Georgia World Congress Center, 2-6 pm
• Georgia Tech Football, Saturday, Bobby Dodd Stadium, 12:30 pm
• Dragon Con parade, Saturday, Downtown, 9 am
• Chick-Fil-A Bowl Game, Saturday, Alabama vs. West Virginia, Georgia Dome, 7 pm
• Atlanta Black Pride, Thursday – Monday, throughout the city
They forgot to mention the Decatur Book Festival, which starts Friday.
Atlanta Police say they’re ready.
“The Atlanta Police Department in partnership with a host of local and government agencies have a comprehensive security plan in place for holiday activities,” APD says. “The security plan includes a strong law enforcement presence in the areas of the city with large Labor Day events including the Downtown hotel district, Midtown, Centennial Olympic Park, Turner Field and Piedmont Park. Additionally, mounted patrol and on and off-duty personnel will be available to assist with traffic and security issues.”
Police also have a few tips for you out-of-towners visiting the ATL.
• Pack light and check event websites for more information about bringing backpacks, food and other restrictions.
• Be mindful of parking only in permitted lots and be sure to pay attention to any “No Parking” signs to avoid citations or fines.
• Following the Clean Car Campaign by parking in designated areas and removing all valuables from vehicles such as tablets, smart phones and purses.
• Consider taking MARTA to events, or carpooling, to minimize the traffic volume.
The Georgia Department of Transportation says it is going to suspend all lane closures this weekend in the metro area, “to aid in the celebration of the figurative end of summer.”
“Beginning at noon, Friday, August 29, and continuing until 5 am, next Tuesday, September 2, there will be no lane closures for construction activities on interstate highways or heavily traveled state freeways and roads,” GDOT says. “Traffic likely will still be heavy in various Metro locations, however, as college football games are scheduled at the Georgia Dome tonight and Saturday afternoon; NASCAR races in Hampton are set for Saturday and Sunday nights; and the Atlanta Braves have home games Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights as well as Monday afternoon.”
GDOT adds, “Motorists also are advised to drive slowly and safely at all times and certainly in work zones; even if no work is occurring, heavy equipment may remain staged in close proximity to roadways.”
Stay safe out there. It’ll be a fun, crowded weekend.