LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Thousands of Justin Bieber fans drove to downtown Louisville to catch a glimpse at the 16-year-old teenage heartthrob. The concert, which started at 7 p.m. with Sean Kingston as the opening act, was the first big show in at the new KFC Yum! Center on a weeknight.
Drivers we spoke with said they did not have too much trouble getting past the traffic and parking. Around 5:30 p.m., the Clark Memorial Bridge and Spaghetti Junction were backed-up.
"We are from Elizabethtown and we sat on I-65," said Becki Bowman. "I'd say ten to fifteen minutes and then once we got to downtown, we had to wait another ten to 15 minutes to be able to find a place to park."
Louisville Metro Police changed the traffic lights to flashing on Main Street and Second and on Second and Market in order for fans to make it on time to the show.
"Yeah, we got here around 4:30," said Nathan Patman, who drove with his wife and their son from Jackson County, IN. "The drive wasn't bad. It took us about 45 minutes."
While some Bieber fans arrived early, others said they did not want to take their chances with traffic troubles. Hope Feeney, her daughter, and her daughter's friend left the car at home and rolled up in a Hummer Limo instead.
"We just live like a half hour away, so I just figured instead of driving and figuring out where a good parking spot would be we just come that way," Feeney said.
When we spoke with Dwight Mitchell, a LMPD spokesperson, he said that up to that point in the evening, the traffic plan was working smoothly. Mitchell did not go into details, but mentioned the department plans to redo some parts of the plan before Thursday evening's UofL men's basketball game. According to Mitchell, Metro Police are constantly reevaluating the traffic plan to make sure people are not stuck in traffic too long.