Concertgoers fight traffic confusion at new Alive at Five location

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Alive at Five held its first concert of the year Thursday night.

Alive at Five is one of the Capital Region’s most loved and iconic live music events. Thursday was the first time the concert was held at a new location while construction goes on near the Corning Preserve.

Tricentennial Park is a temporary location for the concert series. While the event kicked off with great music and a big crowd, some people had trouble getting to the new location.

Wayne Crispell attended Alive at Five for the first time on Thursday. But navigating his way there wasn’t easy. He spent 20 minutes looking for a place to park.

“When we tried to get into the road that the GPS was telling us to go, that was one that was closed,” he said. “Once we didn’t have the GPS, I was, like, ‘Ahhh.’”

With several main roads closed off, there was plenty of confusion to go around. But Jason Bonafide, with the City of Albany Special Events Office, said the park is a good Plan B while construction takes place at Alive at Five’s usual spot, Riverfront Park.

“There’s a $5 million construction project going on,” he said. “It’s a very big deal. We’re very excited about it, but unfortunately, it impacts our parking and a lot of other things for our summer season.”

The work will be completed by Summer 2017 with some major upgrades.

“Next year will be even better,” Bonafide said. “We’ll be happy to be back at the Riverfront.”

Until then, the city recommends using the Quackenbush Parking Garage, which costs $5.

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