Traffic, parking alert issued for sold
Fans cheer for Godsmack, Staind and Mix Master Mike at St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview on Aug. 3, 2023. Dennis Nett | [email protected]
Plan ahead if you’re going to the New York State Fair or St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview — or both — on Friday.
Singer-songwriter Noah Kahan’s concert at St. Joe’s Amp on Friday (Sept. 1) is now sold out, according to Live Nation’s website. A limited number of tickets are available from Ticketmaster Verified Resales and third-party ticket resellers like VividSeats, StubHub, Megaseats, TicketNetwork or SeatGeek.
Kahan’s concert is the second sellout of the 2023 season at St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview after country star Shania Twain packed the venue earlier this summer. Kahan is a fast-rising “stomp and holler” musician from Vermont who currently averages 15 million monthly listeners on Spotify thanks to his acclaimed album “Stick Season”; he recently reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and scored his first Billboard Hot 100 hit with “Dial Drunk” feat. Post Malone.
It’s the biggest of four Amp shows scheduled during the 2023 NYS Fair, and will likely cause heavy traffic delays as the Fair is also expecting a large crowd Friday evening. In addition to being the start of a holiday weekend with good weather in the forecast, the Fair’s schedule Friday includes The Fray at 6 p.m. at Chevy Court and rapper JID at 8 p.m. at Suburban Park. (The Fair is expecting a large crowd for JID, according to ASM Global, which manages the amphitheater directly across the highway from the fairgrounds.)
As a result, an alert has been issued with several tips:
During the New York State Fair, the New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Police, Syracuse Parking, The Great New York State Fair, and Centro are all constantly monitoring anticipated attendance for the NYS Fair and events at the amphitheater, when applicable. Their goal is to direct traffic to the best locations to make sure Fairgoers and Amphitheater concert-goers have the best experience possible getting to their respective destinations as quickly and as safely as possible, reps for ASM Global and the New York State Fair said.
On busy days, they will strategically close lots to divert traffic to other lots to make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible for visitors to get to The Fair and the amphitheater. This may include shutting down a portion of the Orange lot for a period of time, and rerouting fairgoers to the Willis Avenue Parking Lot, which, thanks to Centro, is just a short ride to and from The Fair.
When the Orange Lot is closed, amphitheater employees as well as VIP and Premier parkers will still be able to access the Orange Lot with their parking hangtag visible from their rearview mirror. Those people should approach the venue from I-690 West and utilize the CENTER lane when taking Exit 7.
The Orange Lot was temporarily closed last Friday when country star Sam Hunt performed at St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview during the New York State Fair’s opening weekend. Fans may want to plan for similar adjustments on Saturday, Sept. 2, when Foreigner plays St. Joe’s Amp on its farewell tour; the Saturday during Labor Day weekend is typically one of the busiest days of the NYS Fair.
What if you’re going to both the New York State Fair and the St. Joe’s Amp concert?
If you park in Willis and are planning to go to both the NYS Fair and the Amp, take the Centro shuttle from Willis to the Fair’s Main Gate. When your Fair day is over, go back to the Centro pick-up and drop off location, and hop on the Orange Lot bus; Shuttle Stop 4 is the stop for the Amphitheater. Centro shuttles will start stopping there at 4 p.m., continuously through the night. After the concert, take the Centro Shuttle from the Orange lot back to The Fair’s Main Gate, and transfer to the Willis Ave bus. Shuttles will run continuously through midnight.
If you parked in a Park-N-Ride to get to The Fair (and you have tickets to The Amp), when your Fair day is over, return to Centro’s pick-up and drop-off location outside the Main Gate. Board a shuttle to the Orange Lot. The Orange Lot is shared by The Fair and the Amphitheater. Shuttle Stop 4 is the stop for the Amphitheater. Centro shuttles will start stopping there at 4 p.m., continuously through the night. After the concert, take the Centro Shuttle from the Orange Lot back to The Fair’s Main Gate, and transfer to the Willis Ave bus. Shuttles will run continuously through midnight.
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