Traffic headaches irritate many Paul McCartney fans

Traffic headaches irritate many Paul McCartney fans

Traffic headaches created a lot of frustration for many in attendance at Paul McCartney’s concert on Saturday in Winston-Salem. The concert’s original start time was 8 p.m. but was delayed, pushing the concert to start closer to 9 p.m. Several concert attendees contacted WXII 12 News after being frustrated with the traffic issue ahead of the concert. “My wife and I sat in it for over three hours trying to get to the Paul McCartney concert tonight. WSPD and event staff dropped the ball and couldn’t park all the customers before a delayed show start. Additionally, they did not have enough general parking available for all concert-goers,” TJ Lockwood wrote to WXII 12 News. Katelyn Henderson wrote of similar concerns: “We waited 3 hours for the Paul McCartney concert parking lot at traffic jams. Finally, (we) had to drive home. The mismanagement of this event is appalling. We passed in front of several empty courts as we were funneled in. Can’t believe I paid over $1,000 for tickets and missed it.” Jim and Linda Stanford drove in from the Raleigh area to attend Saturday’s concert. The couple say they watched the same traffic light, at Indiana Avenue and Patterson Avenue, turn from red to green 15 times. Jim tells WXII 12 News when he spoke to Winston-Salem police at the event, they told him the city doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle events of this scale. Jim said he and his wife would not be returning to the Triad after tonight. “We’ve been to these big events where there’s a hundred thousand people and we’ve never seen anything like it around the corner from Indiana and Patterson for just about 45 minutes to a red light. It’s been a nightmare,” Jim said. Around 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Winston-Salem police released the following statement: Aware of increased traffic in and around Truist Field (475 Deacon Bv) due to the Paul McCartney concert.Wake Forest University issued a press release earlier this week with information about the concert, including increased traffic. , a thunderstorm passed through the area causing delays in parking vehicles.Winston-Salem Police Department officers will remain at the scene and continue to troubleshoot traffic issues for the duration of the concert. department forwarded all questions ons, “regarding traffic problems,” at Wake Forest University. Wake Forest University officials released the following statement Sunday afternoon: Saturday’s Sir Paul McCartney concert at Truist Field was a historic event for the Winston-Salem community and we appreciate the patience of the crowd record following a thunderstorm that disrupted traffic and the parking process. Wake Forest University appreciates the efforts of the Winston-Salem Police Department and the hard work and teamwork of all of our local and state partners to safely produce this memorable event. of Transportation (NCDOT), Winston-Salem Department of Transportation (WSDO T), and the Winston-Salem Police Department. Colosseum staff said they added officers and messages along Interstate 40, US Highway 52 and US Highway 421 to Winston-Salem.

Traffic headaches created a lot of frustration for many in attendance at Paul McCartney’s concert on Saturday in Winston-Salem.

The concert’s original start time was 8 p.m. but was delayed, pushing the concert to start closer to 9 p.m.

Several concert attendees contacted WXII 12 News after being frustrated by the traffic issue ahead of the concert.

“My wife and I sat in it for over three hours trying to get to the Paul McCartney concert tonight. WSPD and event staff dropped the ball and couldn’t park all the patrons before the start of a delayed show. Also, they did not have enough general parking spaces available for all concert-goers,” TJ Lockwood wrote to WXII 12 News.

Katelyn Henderson wrote of similar concerns: “We waited 3 hours to park for the Paul McCartney concert in heavy traffic. Eventually (we) had to drive home. The mismanagement of this event is appalling. We walked past several empty courts as we were routed in. Can’t believe I paid over $1000 for tickets and missed it.

Jim and Linda Stanford drove in from the Raleigh area to attend Saturday’s concert. The couple say they watched the same traffic light, at Indiana Avenue and Patterson Avenue, turn from red to green 15 times.

Jim tells WXII 12 News when he spoke to Winston-Salem police at the event, they told him the city didn’t have the infrastructure to handle events of this size. Jim said he and his wife weren’t coming back to the Triad after tonight.

“We’ve been to these big events where there’s a hundred thousand people and we’ve never seen anything like it. It was just awful light. It’s been a nightmare,” Jim said.

Around 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Winston-Salem police issued the following statement:

The Winston-Salem Police Department is aware of increased traffic in and around Truist Field (475 Deacon Bv) due to the Paul McCartney concert. Wake Forest University issued a press release earlier this week with information about the concert, including the increased traffic. In addition, a thunderstorm passed through the area, which caused delays in parking vehicles.

Winston-Salem Police Department officers will remain on site and continue to troubleshoot traffic issues for the duration of the concert.

The department referred all questions, “regarding traffic issues,” to Wake Forest University.

Wake Forest University officials released the following statement on Sunday afternoon:

Saturday’s Sir Paul McCartney concert at Truist Field was a historic event for the community of Winston-Salem and we appreciate the record crowd’s patience following a thunderstorm that disrupted traffic and the parking process.

Wake Forest University appreciates the efforts of the Winston-Salem Police Department as well as the hard work and teamwork of all of our local and state partners to safely produce this momentous event.

On Wednesday, Colosseum staff said the Wake Forest University Athletic Department is coordinating traffic efforts with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Winston-Salem Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Winston-Salem Police Department. Colosseum staff said they added officers and messages along Interstate 40, US Highway 52 and US Highway 421 to Winston-Salem.

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