Florida Georgia Line fans will be shuttled to concert from GRU campus

Thursday, June 12, 2014 4:57 PM
Last updated Friday, June 13, 2014 1:32 AM
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Augusta GreenJackets General Manager Tom Denlinger confirmed Thursday that parking passes have sold out for Friday’s Florida Georgia Line concert at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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Brian Kelley (left) and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, performed at the Billboard Music Awards in May. They will play Augusta's Lake Olmstead Stadium on Friday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Brian Kelley (left) and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, performed at the Billboard Music Awards in May. They will play Augusta's Lake Olmstead Stadium on Friday.

The event sold 700 parking passes, while an estimated 10,000 fans are expected to attend the country concert.

“For everyone without a parking pass, shuttles will be available at the Summerville campus of GRU,” Denlinger said.

The Georgia Regents University shuttle will run from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. The two-mile ride will cost spectators $5. GreenJackets officials said they expect to use every parking lot on GRU’s campus.

Gates to the concert open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. with opening act Chris Lane.

“There’s plenty of parking at the Summerville campus, so it should be pretty smooth for our patrons to get from GRU to (the stadium),” Denlinger said. “We’re not expecting any issues.”

At 3 p.m. Friday, Division Street – as well as parts of Milledge Road – will be blocked off to spectators without parking credentials.

Denlinger, who was hired by the GreenJackets in January, said this is the biggest event “in years” at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

“We’re excited,” he said. “Right now, Florida Georgia Line is one of the most popular names in country music, so we’re expecting a great crowd (Friday) night.”

According to a Division Street resident, she was notified of the concert Thursday with a letter in her door from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The letter warned residents to expect “delays, traffic problems and parking issues.”

Tickets to the event remain available and can be purchased at the stadium at 78 Milledge Road.

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triscuit
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triscuit 06/12/14 - 09:10 pm
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The Civic Center doesn't hold

The Civic Center doesn't hold 10M fans, how can that stadium?.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/14 - 09:25 pm
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They are going to allow

They are going to allow seating on the infield, trscuit, most likely "festival" seating- meaning, you don't.

Spywriter
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Spywriter 06/13/14 - 09:16 am
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10 thousand fans

10 thousand fans, triscuit. Not million.

But still. Lake Olmstead stadium only has 4800 seats. Will the other 5000+ be on the grass?

OJP
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OJP 06/13/14 - 11:00 am
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@Spywriter

Yes, probably on the grass. I've attended a concert there where the stage was in the outfield and attendees were allowed on the field.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/13/14 - 01:10 pm
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@Spywriter

M is common notation for 1,000. As for the number of patrons...you can fit a lot more people in a given space without chairs than you can with chairs. So nearly 5,000 in the stands in actual seating then another 5,000 or so on the field standing. Stage is probably in the outfield area.

Will be interesting to see what that grass looks like come Thursday when their next home game occurs.

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bdouglas 06/13/14 - 01:23 pm
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10,000 fans expected. VERY

10,000 fans expected. VERY OPTIMISTICALLY 3,000 people tops can park at the stadium in 700 cars. So 7,000 people will need to be shuttled somehow from GRU or elsewhere to the park. GRU is not equipped to handle that, and unless they've rented a couple dozen charter buses to add to the GRU fleet, ain't no way this ends well.

Then again, this attendance info is coming from the Greenjackets, who often report their attendance in the 4,000+ range for games where the stadium clearly wasn't even at half capacity.

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raul 06/13/14 - 05:32 pm
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@bdouglas. I agree. I don't

@bdouglas. I agree. I don't think this will end well either.

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just an opinion 06/13/14 - 08:47 pm
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Long lines at GRU

Poor shuttle bus planning.

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