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Jazz Fest changes: New bleachers; No chairs, tarps or blankets on dirt track

By KEITH SPERA

The Advocate

Festival-goers cheer for Trombone Shorty at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Festival-goers cheer for Trombone Shorty at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Sunday, May 3, 2015. AP

Producers of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest have altered its footprint and regulations in hopes of avoiding a repeat of last year’s Elton John-induced gridlock at the Acura Stage.

In 2016, no chairs, blankets or tarps will be permitted anywhere on the dirt track that encircles the Fair Grounds infield.

Additionally, the “standing room only” areas in front of the three main stages — Acura, Congo Square and Gentilly — have been expanded.

 

And, perhaps most noticeably, large bleachers have been added to the back of the Acura Stage field and the side of the Congo Square field. Unlike other elevated seating areas closer to the stages that are accessible only to purchasers of premium ticket packages, these new bleachers will be open to all Jazz Fest attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The bleachers will extend from the grassy infield, over the drainage ditch that borders the field, to about halfway across the dirt track. The outer section of the dirt track will remain open for pedestrian traffic.

Read the full story at The New Orleans Advocate.

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