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An estimated 30,000 people will be funneling into Newton, Iowa for the Metallica concert on June 9th.

That means, there’s a higher risk for horrible traffic conditions. Thankfully, the Iowa Speedway has issued travel information on how to adjust for the potential traffic nightmare.

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Law enforcement and concert production officials are preparing for Friday’s (June 9) Metallica concert at Iowa Speedway, and they are asking Iowans and visiting concert goers to do the same. With an estimated crowd size of 30,000 making their way across the state in approximately 15,000 vehicles on Friday afternoon, guests are strongly
encouraged to plan on arriving between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. CT to avoid heavy congestion on the roadways and ensure the ability to get to their seats in a timely manner.

Concert Event Schedule – Friday, June 9:

  • Parking Lots Open: 2:00 p.m. CT
  • Admission Gates Open: 4:00 p.m.
  • Show Start: 6:00 p.m.(subject to change)
  • Show End: 11:00 p.m. (subject to change)

Traffic Advisory:

  • Parking Fee Notice: All vehicles will be subject to a $10/vehicle parking fee – CASH ONLY
  • Traffic: Guests are encouraged to plan their route (official routes noted below) for arrival between 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to avoid heavy traffic
  •         Moderate: 1:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
  •         Heavy: 4:00 p.m. CT – 7:00 p.m. CT
  • Stay updated with Iowa DOT 511: The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) offers advice on navigating Iowa roadways on the way to Iowa Speedway by downloading the Iowa 511 mobile app or dialing 511. Information available through the 511 system includes travel delays, traffic crashes, roadway blockages and lane closures.
  • Stay updated via Radio: Concert goers are encouraged to tune their radio to Energy 106.7 FM-KRTI before and after the event for the latest traffic information.
  • Iowa Department of Public Safety Notifications: To enroll in the DPS E-mail Notification system, simply log on to https://dpsemailnotify.iowa.gov and follow the “Sign Me Up” instructions.
  • Local Resident Advisory: Law enforcement officials are sensitive to the needs of local businesses and residents. To avoid congested roadways and possible delays, Jasper County residents are encouraged to use alternate routes during peak traffic periods.

 

Iowa Speedway - Concert Incoming traffic
Iowa Speedway – Concert Incoming traffic

Official Arrival Routes – Please see Arriving Traffic Flow Map (included):

From West (I-80): Take I-80 to exit 168. Take exit 168 to Iowa Speedway Drive and turn south. Continue south on Iowa Speedway Drive. Staff will direct you to the appropriate parking lot. Traffic will not be allowed to turn onto Rusty Wallace Drive from this interchange. Rusty Wallace Drive has been designated as an emergency route and will only be utilized for emergencies and to relieve traffic congestion.

From East (I-80): Take I-80 to exit 168. Take exit 168 to Iowa Speedway Drive and turn south. Continue south on Iowa Speedway Drive. Staff will direct you to the appropriate parking lot. Traffic will not be allowed to turn onto Rusty Wallace Drive from this interchange. Rusty Wallace Drive has been designated as an emergency route and will only be utilized for emergencies and to relieve traffic congestion.

From North (Highway-14): Please note: Highway T12N will be completely shut down between HWY 14 and HWY 6, and Highway 224 will be completely shut down between HWY 6 and Interstate-80 Interchange 173. Head south on HWY 14 towards Newton until you reach Interstate-80. If I-80 traffic is light, head east via Entrance Ramp 164 and take the next (Exit 168). Take exit 168 to Iowa Speedway Drive and turn south. Continue south on Iowa Speedway Drive. Staff will direct you to the appropriate parking lot. Traffic will not be allowed to turn onto Rusty Wallace Drive from this interchange. Rusty Wallace Drive has been designated as an emergency route and will only be utilized for emergencies and to relieve traffic congestion.

From South (Highway-14): Head north on HWY 14 towards Newton until you reach S 60th Avenue. Turn east on S 60th Ave and proceed until you reach HWY 74S. Follow Speedway directional signs. Turn north and proceed until you reach Rusty Wallace Drive. Turn east and follow the direction of Law Enforcement Officials and Parking Staff as you approach the venue property.

From Newton (Local): Local residents of Newton and Jasper County are encouraged to utilize E 12th St S to enter the property from the west via Rusty Wallace Drive.


 

Parking – Please see Arriving Traffic Flow Map (Above):

NOTICE: All vehicles will be subject to a $10/vehicle parking fee – CASH ONLY. Parking is first come-first served. No saving of parking spaces is permitted. Vehicles MUST strictly follow the direction of the parking operations staff. Hanging out in the parking lots without a ticket is strongly discouraged. If concert goers are not in possession of a concert ticket, or in the process of buying, they will be asked to leave the property.

  • Newton Club Parking Passes (no parking fee)Please make sure to hang your parking pass prior to arrival. Take Interstate 80 to exit 168 or exit 164. If arriving from the west, you are encouraged to utilize exit 164. Exit south onto U.S. 14. Continue traveling south on U.S. 14 approximately 3.6 miles. Turn east on South 60th Avenue. Continue east 2.25 miles and turn north on County Road S-74 S. Continue north 3.6 miles. Turn east on Rusty Wallace Drive; signs and staff will direct you to parking from there.
  • ADA Parking Passes – Ample ADA compliant parking (hard surface – paved) will be made available immediately outside of Ticket Booth 1 and Ticket Booth 2 on the south end of the Newton Club Lot. Please display your stateassigned parking permit in the window to be admitted. We will check to see that the permit holder is in the vehicle before letting you park. Spaces are not reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Motorcycles: Utilize I-80 Exit/Interchange 164. Head south on HWY 14 towards Newton until you reach S 60th Avenue. Turn east on S 60th Ave and proceed until you reach HWY 74S. Follow Speedway directional signs. Turn north and proceed until you reach Rusty Wallace Drive. Turn east, and follow the direction of law enforcement and parking officials. Chartered buses will be directed to the designated lot near Ticket Booth 3. Parking (continued):
  • Oversized Vehicles (RV’s, Limousines, etc.): Take I-80 to exit 168. Take exit 168 to Iowa Speedway Drive and turn south. Continue south on Iowa Speedway Drive. Staff will direct you to the designated Oversized Vehicle Lot in the southeast corner of the venue property.
  • Chartered Buses: Utilize I-80 Exit/Interchange 164. Head south on HWY 14 towards Newton until you reach S 60th Avenue. Turn east on S 60th Ave and proceed until you reach HWY 74S. Follow Speedway directional signs. Turn north and proceed until you reach Rusty Wallace Drive. Turn east, and follow the direction of law enforcement and parking officials. Chartered buses will be directed to the designated lot near Ticket Booth 3.
  • Drop-Off – Uber/Lyft/Taxi/Other: Taxis/Ubers/Lyfts are encouraged to utilize I-80 Exit/Interchange 164. Head south on HWY 14 towards Newton until you reach S 60th Avenue. Turn east on S 60th Ave and proceed until you reach HWY 74S. Follow Speedway directional signs. Turn north and proceed until you reach Rusty Wallace Drive. Turn east. Please identify your intent to drop-off your passengers, and follow the direction of law enforcement and parking officials. Drop-Off vehicles will bypass the venue entrance and enter the Drop-Off Circle across the street (Rusty Wallace Drive) from the venue property.

Iowa Speedway Departing Traffic
Iowa Speedway Departing Traffic

Getting Home Safely – Please see Departing Traffic Flow Map (included):

NOTICE:

  • All inbound traffic to the venue is shut off 45 minutes before the concert is scheduled to end. Once egress begins, traffic will not be permitted to enter from County Road S-74 S or Interstate 80 Exit 168.
  • Eastbound & westbound exit ramps at the 168 interchange will be closed after the concert. Also, southbound traffic on Iowa Speedway Drive at S 13th Avenue E will be closed after the concert to allow for safe and efficient egress.
  • All Oversized Vehicles, Chartered Buses, and Semi-Trucks will be restricted from departing the parking areas for approximately 1.5-2 hours immediately following the event. Iowa State Patrol and local Law Enforcement will control the release of all large vehicles following the conclusion of the event.
  • All parking lots will be closed 2 hours after the conclusion of the event. OVERNIGHT PARKING/CAMPING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. ANY VEHICLES IN VIOLATION WILL BE TOWED AND IMPOUNDED AT THE OWNER’S EXPENSE.

Departing Traffic Flow: The property and its parking lots will be split up into two zones North & South. Traffic cones will be set up to guide you on your way out, and Law Enforcement will direct the flow as needed.

  • North: Exit by turning west onto Rusty Wallace Drive. Turn south onto County Road S-74 S and follow until you reach South 60th Ave. Turn west and continue until you reach U.S. 14. Travel north on U.S. 14 to I-80, exit 164
  • South: Exit by using Iowa Speedway Drive. Follow road straight until you reach the Exit 168 interchange. Eastbound Travelers – Use RIGHT Lane | Newton-bound Travelers – Use MIDDLE Lane | Westbound Travelers – Use LEFT Lane
  • Pick-Up – Uber/Lyft/Taxi/Other: Taxis/Ubers/Lyfts may pick up patrons at the Drop-Off Circle (same location as drop-off), accessible from Rusty Wallace Drive. All inbound traffic to the venue is shut off 45 minutes before the concert is scheduled to end. The venue will re-open to incoming vehicles/traffic approx. 1 hour after the event concludes to allow for outgoing traffic to subside.

Download the FULL Iowa Speedway release on traffic and parking

 

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