Beale Street admission fee debuts during World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest

Second weekend for Beale St. cover charge

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Many people are expected on Beale Street for the first weekend that an admission charge is returning.

Starting at 10 p.m. Thursday night, anyone who comes on Beale will have to pay $5 in order to enter.

The hope is that the fee would help with crowd control, as well as reduce incidents like stampedes and shootings.

The charge was officially brought back last weekend and the Downtown Memphis Commission says more than 7,000 people were on the street throughout the weekend, bringing in more than $35,000.

If implemented from May until September, an estimated $644,000 will be made and would go toward a large fence, additional lighting and cameras.

$5 cover charge back for Beale Street

WMC Action News 5 spoke with some tourists visiting for the World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest and they had mixed reactions.

"That might work, I don't know. But if people are going to do something, they're going to do it anyway,” said Richard Newbern, visitor.

"If you fly here and you come to visit, you're going to pay whatever it costs,” said Dawn Stroup, visitor.

Officers will begin IDing, counting and wanding at 9 p.m. and again, beginning at 10 p.m. is when the fee will be implemented.

Based on the amount of people in town for the World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest, it’s sure to be a busy weekend on Beale.

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