City says Golden 1 Center traffic plan was a success

Thousands of people were in downtown Sacramento for the Golden 1 Center's opening performance by Sir Paul McCartney Tuesday night, and city officials say their traffic and parking plan was a success. 

The major concern from the public over the arena has been the anticipation of traffic headaches -- that didn't prove to be true. The city says traffic flow in and out had no problems. 

"Last night was a successful implementation of the City's Transportation Management Plan, two years in the making," city spokesperson Linda Tucker said in an email.

Sacramento city officials notified the public of a variety of ways to reach the arena before the big show. McCartney is set to hit the stage again Wednesday night. 

Certain streets around the arena were also closed off for an hour before the event and about 45 minutes before the show ended, in order to mitigate possible traffic jams by concert attendees. 

Tucker said it was the lessons learned during Saturday's Fan Fest that helped ease the traffic flow.

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Parking meters within a three block radius were about 70 percent used, beyond that they were at 5 percent occupancy. Parking garages on average were 30 percent full, with 2,053 reservations at 

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