When Piedmont Park officials told me a week ago that there were still thousands of tickets left for the August 15 Green Concert, plenty of you seemed surprisd to learn that superstar Paul McCartney hadn’t yet sold out.
Blame the economy, price, timing or weather for the slow sales, but the number of available tickets is shrinking every hour, said Monica Thornton, vice president of the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park is permitted to have up to 49,999 people, and is on track to make its financial goal, she said. As of Tuesday afternoon, she said there’s room for about 5,000 more people.
If you’re going, or thinking about, here’s what you need to know.
Don’t show up too early.
VIPs and pre-sale ticket buyers can get in at 4 p.m. All other ticket holders can get in at 5 p.m. (VIPs and pre-sale ticketbuyers, fear not: the barcode on your ticket will identify you.) Maybe showing up at 10 a.m. will help you secure a better spot on the lawn, but it won’t do much for your sunburn, heatstroke, energy level or mood, even once McCartney takes the stage.
10th Street around the park will close on Saturday.
All of 10th Street around Piedmont Park will closed on the day of the concert, but the area between Monroe and Charles Allen drives already is closed off-and-on for unloading. (Grady High School traffic is allowed to pass, though, for instance.) Check out more photos of the construction.
Saturday’s weather shouldn’t be too miserable.
Low 70s to mid-80s throughout the day, with a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. Woohoo! for staying out of the 90s!
Expect more creature comforts than at the Dave Matthews Band show.
A lot of commenters mentioned they’d like to see Sir Paul, but not if it meant reliving the crush and crowds of the 2007 Green Concert. DMB is not Paul McCartney, and the crowds won’t be identical. Thornton said there will be fewer people, more food and beverage stations, 53 water fountains and — most exciting!— 20 percent more portable restrooms.
It’s a car-free event. Seriously.
Not kidding. No parking in or around Piedmont Park. No parking in the neighborhoods. No official drop-off site. You won’t be able to get anywhere near the concert entrance in a car, with 10th Street going pedestrian-only. Really: no car. That said, some lots and garages will probably be happy for you to pay a bunch of money to park there, but you’re still going to have a ways to walk. Piedmont Park recommends you park in one of the MARTA’s free commuter lots, take the train to Midtown or Arts Center station and walk in. (ADA shuttles will be running for those unable to walk.) Here’s a map of how to get to the entry gate from the train stations.
Or, you can bike — there will be plenty of parking for those, including bike valet services provided free by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Look for it at 10th Street and Charles Allen, at the northwest corner of Grady High School.
What you can and can’t bring…
Good: blankets, medical supplies, seat cushions or cushions with on-the-ground back supports, purses (which will be searched), cell phone or small point-and-shoot cameras. Bad: chairs, pets, signs, outside food or beverages, backpacks, large cameras or equipment, umbrellas. Here’s a full list. Once you’re in, you’re in — no re-entry if you leave.
Want to go? The Green Concert at Piedmont Park featuring Paul McCartney is Aug. 15 on Piedmont Park’s 10th Street Meadow in Atlanta. $79.50-$400. www.piedmontpark.org
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