The Protector Stadium will be a concert hall for the very first time on Saturday, with a performance by Garth Brooks. The country star is a favorite in Alabama, and more than 45,000 fans are expected for his 7 p.m. show.
If you’re heading to the stadium in Birmingham city center there are a few things you need to know. Traffic tends to be heavy at Brooks gigs, and while he usually waits to start the show until it clears, you can avoid a crush — and minimize any frustration — by laying out a traffic plan. game in advance.
Stadium address: 1020 24th St. North. Need some landmarks? It’s in the Uptown entertainment district, close to Top Golf.
Road closures: Some roads near the stadium will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. on Friday until Saturday evening. According to a map on the Protection Stadium website, which includes:
- 12th Avenue North between 22nd and 24th Streets North.
- Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard between 22nd and 24th Streets North.
- Loop from 23rd Street North near Uptown restaurants to Ninth Avenue North Alley.
- Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North between the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex and the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.
- 22nd Street North between Ninth Avenue North and Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
- Ninth Avenue North between 19th Street North and 22nd St. North. (Part of the street is open to foot traffic, but not vehicles.)
Parking spaces: The pitches in the stadium area open at 7 a.m. on Saturdays. Twelve lots and garages are listed on a BJCC map of the region. Parking is $20, card only, depending on the Protection Stadium website. BJCC Premier parking, available for purchase in advance, costs USD 30 plus service charge. through Ticket Master. (Two lots and two garages are listed for Premier Parking on the Ticketmaster site.)
Shuttle Buses : Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, shuttles will pick up spectators from the parking lot at Deck 3 (401 20th St. North), Deck 4 (2128 Fourth Ave. North), and Deck 5 (2021 Fifth Ave. North), and will drop them off near the BJCC East Showroom. From there it is a short walk to the stadium. (Look at this Card BJCC for more details.)
ADA access: Shuttle carts are available for people who need ADA assistance to get to the stadium, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Six pick-up and drop-off points are listed on this card on the Protection Stadium website. (More information about the ADA here.)
Bag Policies: The protection stage has a clear bag policy similar to those of other stages. You may bring clear plastic bags no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, one-gallon clear resealable storage bags, small pouches, wallets, and purses no larger than 5 inches by 7 inches . Prohibited bags include backpacks, gym bags, tote bags, mesh or straw bags, diaper bags, camera cases and handbags larger than 5 by 7 inches inches.
Also prohibited: Outside food or drink, pets, selfie sticks, umbrellas, stadium seats with arms, noisemakers, flags, banners, signs, strollers, hoverboards, weapons, video cameras, traditional cameras with lenses larger than 4 inches .
Entrance to the stadium: There are three gates into the stadium, two on 12th Avenue North (Northwest and Northeast Gate) and one on Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North (South Gate). If you have pitch tickets, you must enter through the south gate and have a wristband, according to the stadium’s website. (Details about it here and more information on access to the land here.) People with seats in the stadium can enter through any gate. Recommended gates on the stadium website:
- South Gate: Articles 104-125, 207-225
- Northeast Gate: Sections 126-136, 226-231
- Northwest Gate: Articles 137-146, 240-243
Club level and suite level ticket holders must enter through the club entrance to the stadium on the west side of the stadium on 22nd Street. There is a plan on the stadium website for seating sections, entrances, stage location, concessions, restrooms, aid station and more.
Ticket information: Tickets for the Brooks concert are $91.70 via ticket master, plus service charge. On a Ticketmaster search on Thursday evening June 2, single seats were available, scattered throughout the stadium, along with a few multiple seats at the top of the upper tier.
Also good to know: The stadium website recommends the Waze app for driving directions and suggest using the Ticketmaster app to download tickets to your cell phone.
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