If you know how to navigate city arteries, it’s a lot easier to reach concert destinations at the 10,000-seat Webster Bank Arena. If you’re unfamiliar with city streets, it can be a highway logjam, something entertainment professional Howard Saffan–who’s partnered with concert promoter Live Nation to transform the adjacent former city baseball stadium into a new 5,200-seat warm-weather amphitheater–wants to avoid a year from now when it’s scheduled to open.
The City Council recently approved a $60,500 contract for Langan CT Inc. to propose a traffic management plan for Downtown access to the entertainment district.
CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart has more:
Howard Saffan recalled how fans of “Rocket Man” Elton John had anything but a fast trip into the Park City when the music superstar performed a few years ago at the entertainment arena downtown.
“There were people stuck on (Interstate) 95 for over an hour,” Saffan, who used to run the city-owned arena for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team, said. “They walked in, Elton John was on his fourth song.”
Saffan, the developer behind the outdoor amphitheater being built next door, wants to avoid such traffic nightmares when that new concert venue opens a year from now.
“That level of dissatisfaction just can’t happen,” Saffan said. “As good as the concert may be, you have so much angst by the time you walk in. That’s what we’re trying to avoid.
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