DETROIT (WWJ) – If you’re headed downtown this weekend, make sure you leave early — very early.
A parking advisory has been posted for Saturday, Aug. 22, when an estimated 85,000 people will be in Detroit for the Tigers game at Comerica Park, Kenny Chesney concert at Ford Field and Idina Menzel performance at the Fox Theatre.
With more people than parking spaces, some lots are ready to charge their “max” rate of $50 per vehicle.
Heavy traffic is expected along Woodward Avenue and fans are encouraged to leave earlier than normal.
Olympia Development says it is holding all parking lots it runs east of Woodward Avenue for Tigers fans. Guests must show a ticket, parking pass, or have tickets at will call to the Tigers game to park in these lots. Tailgating is also being prohibited because of the need for every parking space.
In addition, there will be lane closures on Woodward Avenue due to construction of the M-1 Rail project. And if you take I-94, you’ll need a detour — it will be closed in both directions between I-75 and the Lodge Freeway.
To avoid the parking craziness all together, you can utilize various shuttles offered by many local bars, restaurants and casinos.