Downtown expected to be packed Friday night, prompting warning

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 30, 2015) -- Lucas Oil Stadium officials sent out a warning note to concert-goers because of a busy night expected downtown Friday.

From teenage heart throbs, to gaming enthusiast mobs, the area near the stadium will likely be swarmed after the work day.

"This is an epic weekend," Chris Gahl with Visit Indy said.

On Friday night alone, an estimated 113,000 people will be downtown for Gen Con, the One Direction concert at Lucas Oil and the Indianapolis Indians game. All three are within the same few blocks, too.

"We know there (are) going to be a lot of people downtown," Lucas Oil Stadium Manager Mike Fox said.

The crowds were enough to prompt a warning email to ticket holders, telling them "downtown Indianapolis will be a very busy place Friday" and parking "at a premium."

Fox said the concert is unique because many of the fans will be teenage girls, expected to be dropped off by parents. The stadium planned to have extra security on hand and warned parents to plan a drop-off a few blocks away.

"Everybody can't pick up and drop off at the same time," Fox said.

For IMPD, a busy month of July means plans for this weekend will be a breeze, though.

"We don't expect any issues. If anything, probably heavy pedestrian traffic," Ofc. Rafael Diaz said.

Fox said that while the crowds will be large, Indy knows how to host big events and handle it well.

"We've done Gen Con with the Indians and a Colts pre-season game on the same night before. ... We're working with IMPD to make sure there (are) extra police officers throughout the downtown just to make sure everyone is good and safe," Fox said.

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