NBC10 Philadelphia - Marisa Brahney
"Made in America" begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. Last minute preparations are taking place along the Ben Franklin Parkway and the excitement is building. NBC10's Marisa Brahney has more.
The "Made in America" Festival starts in less than an hour and the crowds and excitement are building in Philadelphia. The gates are up and ready to accommodate the huge crowd that's expected.
Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Odd Future, and Dirty Projectors are among some 30 musical performances. Jay-Z took the stage on Friday night to conduct sound checks.
At 6 a.m., streets in the area of the event closed to non-resident traffic. SEPTA is offering extra services on subways, trolleys and Norristown High-Speed Line.
"A subway train will be available every 5 minutes versus a Regional Rail train every hour. Best bet, travel to any one of our transportation centers and ride the Market-Frankford or Broad Street Line into Center City," a SEPTA spokesperson told NBC10.
Remote Parking is available at the Mann Music Center with shuttle bus service to the concert.
Preparations have been underway all week for the two-day event. Philadelphia Police say they're ready. There will be stepped up patrols around the venue and social networking will play a big part in the plan. The department is offering a smart-phone app to help concert goers stay safe.
Ticket holders can take umbrellas, backpacks and one bottle of water. But must leave pets, coolers, chairs and a lot more at home.
The venue features three entrances/exits for ticket-holders to utilize during the festival. The main entrance is located on 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Additional entrances on either side of the venue at 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and 24th Street and Martin Luther King Drive at Eakins Oval will be opened to facilitate easier access to the venue as needed. Re-entry will not be permitted on either day.
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