Sunday, May 13, 2001

Reds, concert will jam riverfront

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        If you've scored tickets for tonight's Reds game or the Billy Joel-Elton John concert, take some advice: Arrive early.

        Leave home an hour earlier than normal to avoid the driving and parking hassles bound to accompany one of this year's busiest days on the riverfront, said Don Gindling. He is project manager for the yet-to-be-finished $314 million renovation of Fort Washington Way, which connects Interstates 71, 75, 471 and U.S. 50.

        “Just come early. Come early and know where you're going ahead of time,” he said. “Traffic won't be as much as a problem as parking.”

        Mr. John and Mr. Joel will perform tonight at Firstar Center. Streets will be busy and parking spots will be scarce as the Reds also prepare for an 8:05 p.m. game against the Houston Astros.

        Adding to the potential jam downtown is construction of the Reds' new Great American Ball Park, sandwiched between Firstar Center and Cinergy Field.

        Traffic hassles will contin ue Monday evening as the Reds and Astros play again and Firstar hosts the World Wrestling Federation's WWF Raw is War event.

        Here's more advice:

        • Park in lots north of Third Street.

        • Use public transportation.

        • For those who park in Northern Kentucky, use the Southbank Shuttle, which has drop-off locations near Cinergy Field and Firstar Center. The shuttle is operating on extended hours for both nights. Information: call TANK at (859) 331-8265.


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