Parking changes at Idaho Center for Wednesday's God and Country Festival
Eric Fink explains. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
The parking lot of Nampa's Idaho Center is wide open Tuesday, but in hours thousands of cars will pack the lot for the annual God And Country Festival.
Getting in and out of the Idaho Center could mean plenty of sitting and waiting for anxious concert-goers.
"What happens when 11,000 people come down here, they don't know when the lots are full, they don't know where to go," Idaho Center general manager Craig Baltzer said.
"There actually is going to be people directing people into the parking lot, when the lots are full, we'll be turning those people away to find alternative parking. There won't be driving around, looping around looking for more parking all over the place. It actually makes things more organized."
27 Nampa police officers hope to keep things organized.
"A majority of them will be out directing traffic trying to get people through without many stops," Sgt. Milt Greenwood with Nampa Police said.
Everybody is going to stop once to pay for parking.
The festival is free.
The parking will cost you five bucks.
"This is no different then a Boise State football game clearing out or anything," Baltzer said.
"It is the largest one we do in Nampa. We always project ourselves for 45 minute-mark in clearing our lots."
That, however, is only a projection. The festival sees on average an extra 6,000 people pack the ampitheater lawn for the fireworks alone.