Fans waited up to four hours in a parking queue while trying to get into an Ed Sheeran concert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin yesterday.
The concert, which took place at Miller Park, did not have an easy parking plan in place for the expected 40,000 fans. Concertgoers were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, waiting up to an hour to move less than a mile. While some were lucky enough to make it to the show on time, others missed part of Sheeran’s set.
Since the congestion was so bad, the Milwaukee VA Medical Center said that its police department let around 500 fans park in its lot for a one-time basis to “keep traffic flowing.”
The Milwakee VA Police Dept bailed out about 500 frustrated concert goers, allowing parking on the VA campus on a one-time basis. and keep traffic flowing for patients and employees.https://t.co/C7XteHvAv1
— Milwaukee VA (@milwaukeeva) October 25, 2018
While some fans were lucky enough to make it to the show on time, thousands were late and missed part of his set. The concertgoers took to Twitter to explain their experiences.
The traffic for the Ed Sheeran concert might be craziest I’ve ever seen in Milwaukee.
— Cole Stevenson (@Cole__Stevenson) October 24, 2018
— Meg McKenzie (@megmckenzie) October 25, 2018
— Leah (@Leah_Robinette) October 25, 2018
— Kenneth Sumka (@kensumka) October 24, 2018
@Impark you should be ashamed of how @millerpark and @edsheeran went today. Traffic completely held at a standstill – parking a complete nightmare – thousands of people missing a concert they paid good money for… Who is refunding is for the lost experience? @Ticketmaster
— Angela Marie (@AngelaMarieWI) October 25, 2018
The Brewers responded to the parking situation today.
“We are aware that there was significant congestion on several major routes as people traveled to Miller Park last night, and the process of moving cars into the lots was slower than anticipated,” Tyler Barnes, vice president of communications for the Brewers, told the Journal Sentinel via email.
“Our goal is to always provide the best fan experience possible and for many fans last night, we did not deliver,” Barnes said. “There are several factors related to hosting a concert that are different than a baseball game that created challenges. Regardless, we need to do better and we apologize for the inconvenience.”
Sheeran is due to play next in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, followed by shows in New Orleans, Houston, Tampa, and Atlanta before heading to South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. The trek will wrap-up in the UK on August 26, 2019.