Downtown Miami Braces for Traffic, Crowds With Busy Weekend Underway

Ultra Music Festival, Heat, Sony Open keeping Miami crowded

By Christina Hernandez
|  Saturday, Mar 23, 2013  |  Updated 11:48 AM EDT
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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.

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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.

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

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.

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