Downtown Palo Alto will have traffic closures during World Music Day, Sunday, June 17, when as many as 25,000 people are expected to descend on University Avenue and City Hall on Hamilton Street, police said.
The event will have 50 bands performing from 3 to 7:30 p.m. University Avenue will be closed to traffic from High to Webster streets from 11 a.m. to about 9 p.m. Hamilton Avenue will be closed in front of King Plaza (at Palo Alto City Hall) between Bryant and Ramona streets, Palo Alto police Sgt. Wayne Benitez said. About 50 yards of Ramona will also be closed from Ramona to The Old Pro restaurant.
Pedestrians wanting to hear bands at King Plaza can walk safely along Centennial Way, Benitez said.
Adding to the traffic congestion, Stanford University is also holding its graduation commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. Motorists should expect traffic delays in downtown starting at 8 a.m., Benitez said.
Motorists leaving the commencement ceremonies to drive to U.S. Highway 101 will be funneled onto Lytton Avenue and Hamilton, but Hamilton drivers will need to take a side street to Forest Avenue to skirt City Hall because of the music events, he said.
Residents and motorists can expect additional traffic disruption on Saturday, June 30. Stanford Stadium will host a major league soccer event between the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy. The game starts at 7 p.m. and is expected to draw 50,000 people. As of last week 40,000 tickets had been sold, Benitez said.
Police expect to use similar traffic controls as those implemented during football games at Stanford, Benitez said. But unlike football, visitors won't trickle in to tailgate parties before the game. The soccer match will have two 45-minute halves and a 20-minute intermission, he added.
"Everyone will be showing up at once. The traffic will strain our resources," he said.
Police could turn all four lanes of Embarcadero Road into one way to accommodate traffic coming to and from the match, which is often done to manage heavy traffic volume during football games, he said.