NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Traffic was a nightmare in and around downtown Nashville Thursday night, with rain and lightning delaying at least three big events.
More than 80,000 people were expected to head downtown for the final Tennessee Titans preseason game and Live on the Green at Public Square Park.
The Vanderbilt Commodores football team also opened their season against Temple on Thursday night. Kickoff was delayed for almost two hours due to the lightning in the area.
Meanwhile, 2 1-2 miles away, the Titans game was virtually unaffected by the weather.
There was also 30-minute delay for concert goers at the weekly Thursday night concert series, Live on the Green.
Metropolitan Nashville Police advised workers heading out of downtown Thursday to avoid the areas around LP Field and the Historic Courthouse.
The Woodland Street Bridge closed to regular traffic at 4:30 p.m. with only pedestrian and shuttle bus access.
State employee parking lots used for game day parking opened at 5 p.m. after state workers left.
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., police also shut down 1st, 2nd and 3rd Avenues North at Church Street.
Drivers who normally travel those roads were advised to take Broadway to Rosa L. Parks Boulevard to travel north and avoid congested areas.
Heavy traffic was also expected to pick up again later on in the evening.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)