Updated: 10:54 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 | Posted: 9:11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
The long- and much-talked about Mumford and Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover has arrived.
Planning for the event, featuring concerts at Troy Memorial Stadium and a downtown music festival that kicked off Thursday night, began following February’s surprise announcement of Troy’s selection for one of three U.S. stops.
Troy will be entertaining up to 40,000 this weekend, coming from 48 states and five foreign countries.
Here are some of the things festivalgoers will need to know
Tickets: Will Call and Box Office, Main Box Office - Adjacent to main entrance off Market Street,
8 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Any ticketing issues should be directed to Will Call.
Secondary Box Office: Adjacent to River Entrance: Mainly used for camping ticketing issues but can also handle any Will Call. Hours same as above.
Downtown Box Office: At the Downtown Entry Gate at Main & Mulberry: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Used for patrons coming from the shuttle drop-off from Waco Field. Can handle Will Call.
$5 Wristbands: A $5 daily wristband gets you into the downtown portion of the venue. Those buying stadium concert passports also can get into the downtown. Local and regional bands will play; businesses will be open and have entertainment, store sales, outdoor displays, etc. until 1 a.m. each night
Parking: Avoid parking in or near downtown Troy. No public lots are available and many residential streets are parking-by-passes only.
Shuttles: From parking at WACO Field on South County Road 25a (off I-75 Exit 69) will run continuously from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Bicycles: Parking available in the grassy area north of 120 S. Market St.
Prohibited items: The following items ARE NOT PERMITTED on the festival grounds: coolers, chairs, stadium seats, umbrellas, outside food or beverage, weapons, laser pointers, glow sticks, professional cameras, pets, incendiary devices, fireworks, camelbacks.
Water: One bottle of factory sealed bottled water will be permitted per person.
Personal Possession: Purses and small backpacks permitted but will be searched.
Alcohol: Beer, wine, and certain mixed drinks will be sold throughout the venue, specifically downtown in vendor booths around the fountain and at portable bars at the Troy Memorial Stadium when it is open for concerts. Alcohol cannot be taken into local shops, bars or restaurants or carried out of liquor establishments onto the streets.
Camping is by permit: Tent-camping only and passes must be purchased in advance through www.gentlemenoftheroad.com. No glass, fires, or cooking of any kind is allowed in the campgrounds. Showers available for a fee. You may bring coolers with food and beverages. Shuttles will transport campers and gear from the parking lots to campgrounds continuously from noon on Thursday until 5 p.m. Sunday.
— Compiled by Nancy Bowman, Contributing Writer