ATLANTA - Fans headed to the Jay Z and Beyoncé concert Tuesday will feel the parking shortage due to the construction of the new Falcons Stadium.
The Tuesday concert, a sell-out of 50,000-plus, is the first major event to take place at the venue since construction started on the New Atlanta Stadium. About 1,300 parking spaces have been lost to construction (goodbye orange, purple, brown and silver lots). Georgia Dome Drive, the access road to the red lot, has been closed, so visitors must loop around (follow the signs) to gain entry to the red lot.
It will take longer and likely cost more to park Tuesday night.
“Traffic is going to be crazy, you know. I wish I had a helicopter to fly in,” Uber driver Abraham Ogbatsiyon said.
“We’ve lost over 1,500 parking spots. A lot of roads have changed. There’s been road closures,” Capt. Ken Skinner said.
Skinner is head of traffic for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. He is urging fans to take MARTA or to reserve a parking spot Monday.
"Parking will be sold out if you don’t get it in advance. Today's the day," Skinner said.
The Georgia Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena stop is the first on the blue linefrom the Five Points station.
Parking passes for the Dome’s blue and yellow lots are available now for online purchase for $30. The lots will open at 9 a.m. (those who wish to tailgate can do so if they follow the usual rules that apply during football season).
With a third of the onsite parking gone because of construction, some are speculating what that will do to a spot on the private lot across the street.
“The Bluff is back that way. Even though it’s a rough area, it’s going to be sold $50 a piece, people when they come in, they have no choice but to park it there and walk. So, it’s going to be very expensive parking around here,” Ogbatsiyon said.
The concert is just the first of many sold-out events constricted by construction.
“We have a Chick-fil-A Bowl right around the corner, Falcons season, Motocross, SEC Championship, so, numerous shows that are sold out,” Skinner said.
And there’s another change caused by construction. The ticket office, which used to be on the Southside, has been closed.
It has moved to Gate B along Northside Drive.
The Georgia Dome will open doors at 6 p.m. There is no opening act and the concert is expected to start at 8 p.m. At most of their recent shows, Bey and Jay arrived onstage closer to 9 p.m. But it’s Beyonce. She can do whatever she wants, and that just might include starting on time at 8 p.m.