Millions of people are ready to celebrate the Super Bowl today in Miami, and 65,000 of them will head to the Hard Rock stadium for the game. Whether you plan on attending any events or just want to avoid the chaos, there are some tips you might want to keep in mind before hitting the road.
NBC 6 looked at data provided by one of our partners, Waze, to get an idea of what traffic patterns to expect on the big day. Here are some key figures:
- On Sunday, there will be a 'rush hour' like any other Monday morning, except it is expected to take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be an estimated 40% more drivers on the road during this time, and driving speed could be cut in half.
- The roads to worry about most are Interstate-95, the Turnpike and the Palmetto Expressway. If you can avoid these, do so.
- The best time to be on the road is after 6 p.m., around when the game will start. It is likely that one hour into the game, around 7 p.m., traffic will be 40% lighter than three hours prior.
- After the game ends around 10 p.m., there will be a 200-300% increase in traffic until around midnight.
Be sure to watch for road closures at other main Super Bowl attractions. In downtown Miami, Biscayne Boulevard northbound lanes are closed in front of Bayfront Park for Super Bowl LIV.
Northbound traffic will be rerouted to Biscayne’s southbound lanes and southbound traffic will reroute to Northeast 2nd Avenue. South Beach will be swamped around the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Washington Avenue from 18th to 21st streets are shutdown. Plus, you will not be able to access ocean drive due to NFL film productions.
On Friday and Saturday, a couple thousand people made their way to Watson Island to see Harry Styles and Lizzo perform, and they had their fair share of traffic troubles.
“It’s going to be pretty crazy. Just be a little patient, traffic is going to be a little rough– in the beach, in the city, on the causeway,” warned Jack Murphy, executive producer of Meridian at Island Gardens.
Traffic was a battle. In fact, ride-shares were the only way to reach the concerts, as there was no parking provided for any of the events on Watson Island. Those who tried, were towed.
“If they don’t have a plaque or are in a ride share they are going to be asked to just keep going – it’s that critical,” said Murphy.