UDOT and UTA advise travelers to plan ahead for Garth Brooks concerts

Garth Brooks has hosted a concert at Rice-Eccles Stadium in 2021. Brooks is performing in Salt Lake City this weekend, June 17-18, 2002. UDOT and UTA are asking Salt Lake City travelers to plan to advance Friday and Saturday. (PHOTO: Rich Fury/Getty Images

SALT LAKE CITY – Thousands of spectators will descend on Rice-Eccles Stadium on Friday and Saturday to see Garth Brooks perform. With the influx of traffic, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Transportation Authority (UTA) are advising travelers to Salt Lake City to plan ahead for both nights of the concert.

They say heavy traffic is expected on local streets including Foothill Drive, 400 South and 500 South. Heavy congestion is also expected on eastbound I-80 in Salt Lake County.

UDOT and UTA say heavy traffic in the Rice-Eccles Stadium area is expected to begin as early as 3 p.m. on both days. This could continue after midnight.

Traffic adjustments made for the Garth Brooks concert

According to a press release, UDOT engineers will adjust nearby traffic lights to ease traffic to the stadium. UDOT says it will monitor the situation at the end of the concerts on both nights.

In addition, the UDOT indicates that it is suspending construction work in the area to facilitate traffic.

UTA will provide an additional service on both days of the concert. Concert tickets will be valid as a free fare on UTA all day for the date indicated on the ticket.

According to UTA, TRAX trains running from Draper to the stadium will have a 15-minute schedule. Red Line TRAX trains leaving Central Pointe for the stadium will run on a seven-minute schedule. It will start more than two hours before the concert and will run until 10 minutes before the concert.

For more information on UTA’s routes to the stadium, click here.

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