PHOENIX — Taylor Swift's Eras Tour opens at State Farm Stadium Friday night.
The long-awaited show, combined with evening rush hour traffic, means above-average road congestion is expected in the West Valley.
But to ensure there's no "bad blood" between evening commuters and concertgoers, the Arizona Department of Transportation is offering some tips for drivers.
Get there early
With the heavy traffic expected, drivers should allow extra time and get to State Farm Stadium early. The parking lots at the stadium open at noon and doors/gates open at 4:30 p.m.
Glendale will be closing the following Loop 101 on-ramps from approximately 5 to 7 p.m. to assist with traffic flow:
- Northbound on-ramps at Indian School Road, Camelback Road and Cardinals Way
- Southbound on-ramp at Glendale Avenue
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Pack your patience
If you're heading to the concert from Chandler or the southeast Valley region, consider using westbound/northbound Loop 202 (South Mountain Freeway) to bypass I-10 in the downtown Phoenix area.
After the concert, be prepared for heavier freeway traffic near the Loop 101 and I-10 in the West Valley as fans leave the stadium.
Glendale will close the north and southbound Loop 101 off-ramps at Cardinals Way from 9 to 11:59 p.m. The north- and southbound Loop 101 HOV off-ramps at Maryland Avenue will also be closed.
There will be a second concert on Saturday, so expect more heavy traffic this weekend.
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