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Big weekend of events could snarl traffic in downtown Orlando

A Billy Joel concert at Camping World Stadium on Saturday night is just one of several major events expected to cause traffic issues downtown. (File Photo)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Most of Orlando’s major event venues have a big day planned Saturday, and while city leaders say this is exciting, it will have a bit of an impact on traffic.

Here’s what’s happening.

​Billy Joel will perform at Camping World Stadium.

​Orlando City Soccer hosts Cincinnati in Exploria Stadium.

​The Amway Center? Also booked, with Andre Rieu (ree-YO) and his Johann (YO-HANN) Strauss Orchestra.

​Black Panther Movie night is happening at Z-L Riley Park.

And finally, two big shows are scheduled at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts: the Celtic Tenors, and a performance of C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce.”

The city of Orlando says it is expecting all these events to bring in about $20 million.

“Orlando’s a destination,” Allen Johnson, chief venue officer for the city of Orlando said. “People come here not just for the concerts. They come for the attractions and our great hotels. Our airport’s world class.”

That is expected to cause traffic concerns downtown all day. 

People coming downtown should leave early and plan their routes ahead based on where they want to park.

There may be delays on I-4, and there will be several road closures to keep in mind.

The city is advising you to select a parking garage a short walking distance away from your event because it will be easier to get in and out.