Going to Saturday’s Elton John concert? Pay attention to traffic

Elton John will perform his two concerts at State Farm Arena on Friday and Saturday as planned (the musician canceled a couple of Florida shows this week due to an ear infection).

However, Saturday concertgoers are urged to allow ample travel time to the venue as the SEC Championship game will also be taking place at neighboring Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

To facilitate entry, State Farm Arena will open doors at 6 p.m. Saturday – 30 minutes earlier than Friday night – with the show slated to begin at 8 p.m.

The football game will kick off at 4 p.m. Depending upon the length of the game, egress from Mercedes-Benz Stadium is estimated around 7:30-8 p.m.

Suggested routes according to State Farm Arena are:

Interstate 20 – I-20 traffic motorists are encouraged to utilize EXIT 56B – Windsor St/Spring St.

Interstates 75/85 North – Northbound traveling fans should exit on EXIT 246 (Central Ave/Fulton St) and/or EXIT 248C (International Blvd/Freedom Parkway).

Officials strongly discourage travel on Northside Drive. Rain is also forecast for Saturday, which could mean delays and slower traffic.

MARTA is always recommended. Fans can take the Blue Line to the GWCC/State Farm Arena/CNN Center stop.

Visit The Atlanta Music Scene Saturday morning for a recap and photos from Friday’s John concert, which is part of his three-year “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour.