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Cooper-Young Festival, Tigers game expected to pack Midtown

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It's going to be a much cooler weekend as the Tigers kickoff against Kansas and the Cooper-Young Festival gets going. That means Midtown will be packed.

There could be up to hundreds of thousands of people packed into less than a square mile in Midtown.

Finding parking is going to be a chore.

"If it's anything like last year, it's going to be really crowded," Josh Sloan said.

"We're expecting probably 130,000 people," Tamara Cook said. "It's going to be a big day."

Add another 60,000 people coming for the Memphis Tigers game, and it's going to be a packed area.

"With the stadium just a block or two over, it's going to be incredibly packed," Sloan said. "So, I guess get here early, park with a friend, something like that."

Getting into the area will be hard, however, because it is expected that main streets such as Central, Southern, East Parkway, and Cooper will practically be at a standstill.

"It's just one of those weekends you need to pack your patience," WMC Action News 5 Traffic Tracker Janeen Gordon said. "There will be a lot of pedestrian traffic. There will be a lot of times you just can't find any place to park."

That also goes for the neighborhoods around the area.

"All the little side streets: Elzie, Evelyn, Nelson, you name it: they're going to be packed," Gordon said.

But for some, battling the traffic is something they would rather pass on if they can.

"Luckily I live in walking distance, so I'm going to be walking to the festival this weekend," Sloan said.

Tamara Cook, the woman behind the Cooper-Young Festival, said this is not the first time the festival has fallen on the same weekend as another big event.

"It's sort of like when we have the Southern Classic, it falls on the same weekend. And, you know, people just adjust," Cook said.

For many, the inconvenience is worth it.

"Mild inconvenience for a great benefit for the city," Sloan said.

If there happens to be severe weather this weekend, organizers of the festival said they will move the event to Sunday. 

MPD will have cameras throughout the area and 175 officers, uniformed and undercover, to ensure safety.

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