Downtown Miami Braces for Traffic, Crowds With Busy Weekend Underway

Ultra Music Festival, Heat, Sony Open keeping Miami crowded

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    Crowds in downtown Miami

    It'll be a busy Saturday and Sunday in Miami thanks to the Ultra Music Festival's second weekend, the Sony Open at Key Biscayne and a Miami Heat home game as they continue their historic streak.

    The excitement began Friday night as the Miami Heat rallied once again to beat the Detroit Pistons inside the AmericanAirlines Arena. Meanwhile, concertgoers flooded into nearby Bayfront Park for weekend number two of Ultra.

    Ultra Music Festival Weekend Promises Heavy Traffic in Downtown Miami

    [MI] Ultra Music Festival  Weekend Promises Heavy Traffic in Downtown Miami
    Miami is going to have a busy weekend, with Ultra Music Festival, a Miami Heat game and an Alicia Keys concert. (Published Friday, March 22, 2013)

    Parking was expensive and traffic was a problem.

    "Traffic is so terrible, we came from the airport and it took what we thought was going to be 30 minutes an hour," said Heat fan Nicki Bower.

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    A total of 84 people have been arrested in incidents related to the Ultra Music Festival, Miami Police officials said Monday. Meanwhile residents deal with the crowd from the first of two Ultra weekends. Rommel Guzman and Ron Schmid comment. (Published Tuesday, March 19, 2013)

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    "It is bad, it's pretty clogged up on the freeways, but once you get here it's totally worth it," said Bobby Paner.

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    [MI] Two Men Said They Stole From Cars To Buy Ultra Music Festival Tickets: Doral Police
    Enrique Miguel Ponimansky and Michael Torres were found stealing from cars in Doral to resell the items and buy tickets to the Ultra Music Festival, police said. (Published Friday, March 22, 2013)

    Getting around in a car was basically out of the question, so many took to the MetroRail and MetroMover.

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    "It looks like it's pretty hard to get around with cars, too much going on but walking doesn't seem to be a problem," Thomas Keys said.

    The Sony Open tennis tournament continues Saturday and Sunday, along with Ultra. Alicia Keys will be holding a concert at the AmericanAirlines Arena Saturday night, with the Heat set to take on Charlotte Sunday night.