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Heavy rush hour traffic expected in Louisville as major events overlap Thursday

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The FFA convention begins this week at the Expo Center and overlaps with U of L's football game against #2 Florida State and Churchill Downs' fall meet night races on October 30. The FFA convention begins this week at the Expo Center and overlaps with U of L's football game against #2 Florida State and Churchill Downs' fall meet night races on October 30.
The control center where TRIMARC monitors traffic cameras all over Louisville and Southern Indiana. The control center where TRIMARC monitors traffic cameras all over Louisville and Southern Indiana.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three events -- two of them major attractions -- in one evening, and it could impact thousands of drivers in Louisville.

Nearly 120,000 people will be very close together on Thursday, including more than 60,000 at the expo center and more than 50,000 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

"So we've advised people to get down to the stadium as early as possible,” said U of L athletics spokesman Rocco Gasparro.

The University of Louisville is anticipating major traffic for Thursday's game.

The road outside Papa John's Cardinal stadium wasn't that bad on Wednesday, but 24 hours later it'll likely be bumper to bumper. The match-up against the Florida State Seminoles, is one of the biggest in school history.

"So this is a huge game for our football program,” said Gasparro. “The number two team defending national champions so obviously this is a huge game for our team as we continue on in the ACC."

Thursday's game starts at 7:30 p.m., but with traffic on I-65 and fans competing with rush hour, it's a good idea to leave early, plan ahead and maybe take a different route.

"So we expect 55,000 plus and who knows how many extra people are tailgating in the lots,” said Gasparro. “So we expect a sellout and a huge crowd."

Less than a mile from the stadium is Louisville's largest convention, which has brought more than 60,000 FFA members into town.

"They take up about 130 hotels in a 60 mile radius," said Katrina Gallagher of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

That means buses, caravans, and cars full of blue jackets. They'll also be at the Yum! Center Thursday night for a concert. A travel advisory's already been sent to FFA members.

"We're trying to keep them away from gate four, which is Crittenden and try to get them into the other gates to try to avoid the traffic from the football game," said Gallagher.

TRIMARC employees watch more than 80 cameras. They usually leave at 6:30PM, but Thursday night they'll stay a little longer.

"It'll definitely be heavier congestion around the fairgrounds and the Watterson Expressway and 65 and the area of the stadium and the fairgrounds so we'll focus on that region," said Daniel Woo with TRIMARC.

The fall meet is underway at Churchill Downs, so that will add even more traffic into the mix.

TRIMARC is tracking the traffic and delays, for that information just click here.

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