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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 11:59 AM
Since I can't seem to get rid of my Nissan tix, I think I'm going to drop everything, make the 3+ hour trip solo, and maybe dump a ticket there.

I haven't been to Nissan in over 10 years. Is this place the total nightmare that I've read about on this board? What time do I have to get there, or to a nearby hotel, in order to miss the crazy traffic. Am I safe to have a 2 or 3 beers at the show, or will they be randomly stopping every 7th car at the parking exit and sobriety testing anyone with a trace of beer on their breath? Will the K-9 Unit be in the house or parking lot??
I really want to attend the show, but I want to be able to relax and have a good time.

Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

 
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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 12:16 PM
typically they stop every 5th car for a sobriety check after the show.
Some shows they also have K-9 at the Sobriety Check , the one time
I got stopped after an ABB show they did not have K-9 but
did when I got stopped after the Warren/Dead show there.

Traffic on 66 is bad coming from DC, not bad at all coming from front royal and points west
(which is my approach for this show)

gates open at 530 which is an hour before ratdog.

Plan on it taking at least an hour to get from DC to Nissan. maybe more.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 12:29 PM
Well Mule,

Depending on where you coming from, traffic can be HELL, especially if you have to be on the parking lots that are know as the 495 Beltway and I-66. I would give myself a minimum of 1 1/2 hours just to get down 66 from the Beltway. Now if you're coming from the south or the west traffic shouldn't be as bad, until you're almost at Nissan. As far Nissan itself, it's cool to have 2 or 3 beers at the show, but just be cool when you're leaving. Has far as "herbal enhancement", be aware of your surroundings, and definitely don't be rolling joints in the parking lot. As far the K-9 unit, I haven't seen them in awhile, but if they're there they be out in the parking lot. Anyway, give me a shout about where you coming from, and then I'll be able to give you better estimate of time needed to get to Nissan on-time for both Ratdog and the ABB, I also can let you know about nearby motels and resturants. And who knows if enough people are interested, might even try to set-up a pre-show "meet and greet".

 
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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 12:41 PM
As the other people said, the traffic can be bad...very bad. Around DC before hand and leaving the parking lot afterward. They have one of those "one way out" systems...as I found Tweeter in Camden, NJ has too, where there is one small road that everyone leaves. After the dead show there a few years ago my dad waited for 3 hours or so. Last year we paid 20 bucks for some premium parking and got out relatively quickly, which was a miracle. They weren't checking cars, but it was raining so hard you couldn't see the front of your car and the roads were flooding...so that may have had something to do with it. A lot of people call it the nazi pavillion, but last year the security didn't seem any worse than I had expected...Again, the people at Camden were much worse...

If you plan on selling the extra ticket let me know. I recently decided to go to VA Beach for the show sunday...and a friend is going with me who didn't plan on going to Nissan, but he will be coming up with me Tuesday, so he'd have to buy a ticket otherwise.

Oh yeah, I didn't see any K-9 units last year either.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 12:53 PM
Thanks for the all of the info. Unfortunately, I'm travelling from Philly and Mapquest says I'll be spending 20+ miles on both 495W AND 66W. Don't think there's any way around this.
Hoping to find the most reasonably-priced hotel, as close to the venue as possible with an easy in, easy out if possible.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 12:56 PM
chadwick,

Actually they have improved and widen Wellington Road, so getting in and out of Nissan shouldn't be quite as bad as in the past. Also, this being a mid-week show don't think the crowd is going to be all that big. Most people in the DC area, unless they live in northern VA, don't go to mid-week shows at Nissan because of the traffic situation. I'm guess that many people who would normally go to Nissan if the show was on a weekend, will instead go to Va Beach and/or Raleigh.

 
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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 12:58 PM
If I can't find anyone to go with me, which I highly doubt as the show is a Tuesday night, I really need to sell the extra, its a dandy 9th row center orchestra.


[Edited on 1/17/2008 by Mule75]

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 01:06 PM
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Thanks for the all of the info. Unfortunately, I'm travelling from Philly and Mapquest says I'll be spending 20+ miles on both 495W AND 66W. Don't think there's any way around this.
Hoping to find the most reasonably-priced hotel, as close to the venue as possible with an easy in, easy out if possible.



Mule,

For a motel, you might want to try the Red Roof Inn on Balls Ford Rd in Manassas, Va. It's right off Business 234, and it's pretty much a straight shot to Nissan (Balls Ford runs into Wellington which is where Nissan is located). btw, if your coming from Philly you might want to leave no later than about noon. One thing to remember, if you got someone coming with you, when you get on 66, you can use the HOV lane, which moves much faster than normal lanes. Just something to remember.

[Edited on 8/2/2007 by cleaneduphippy]

 
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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 03:14 PM
Sweet seat to get rid of, my friend! I can't believe it's still in your possession. I'm sure that if you still have the ticket d.o.s., you'll easily get rid of it outside the venue. That's a great seat. Too bad I don't need it.

It's gonna be a great show!

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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 12:23 PM
If your going west on 66 you might get off on 29 at Centerville there's an entrance into Nissan off 29. Just a suggestion. That's the way I'm going. Anybody been to VA Beach I'll be at the show there on Sunday.
 

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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 01:03 PM
Thanks for the tip. Saw Steely Dan at VaBeach last summer. Fairly typical pavilion-type of venue. NOBODY tailgating. Was told that its prohibited. Very strange seeing noone hanging in the parking lot before hand.


 

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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 01:05 PM
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If your going west on 66 you might get off on 29 at Centerville there's an entrance into Nissan off 29. Just a suggestion. That's the way I'm going. Anybody been to VA Beach I'll be at the show there on Sunday.




That's terrible advice, as 29 gets every bit as backed up as 66, especially around the battlefield (which is two lanes). The best thing to do, is take the first Manassas exit (234 Business - Exit 47A). Second stoplight take a right onto Balls Ford Rd (you'll see a Shell station on the right). Follow Balls Ford crossing the 234 By-Pass and then turn right onto Wellington Road. Entrance to Nissan is about a mile or so, on the left.

 
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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 01:52 PM
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If your going west on 66 you might get off on 29 at Centerville there's an entrance into Nissan off 29. Just a suggestion. That's the way I'm going. Anybody been to VA Beach I'll be at the show there on Sunday.




That's terrible advice, as 29 gets every bit as backed up as 66, especially around the battlefield (which is two lanes). The best thing to do, is take the first Manassas exit (234 Business - Exit 47A). Second stoplight take a right onto Balls Ford Rd (you'll see a Shell station on the right). Follow Balls Ford crossing the 234 By-Pass and then turn right onto Wellington Road. Entrance to Nissan is about a mile or so, on the left.


That's right - and I travel up and down that route 66 parking lot every day.

Luckily for us though, we live West of the Nissan - so i'm bailing out of work (in DC) real early....

 
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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 02:34 PM
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That's terrible advice, as 29 gets every bit as backed up as 66, especially around the battlefield (which is two lanes).




But you don't go by the battlefield to get to nissan from exit 43B.
You make a left at the end of the exit onto 29 then a left at the first light.
I think it is easier than the manassas traffic.

 

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  posted on 8/4/2007 at 12:18 AM
John,

You don't want exit at 43B unless you want sit on 66 for an extra four miles. Also, 43B is the Gainesville exit, and it's also where the "bottleneck" is. Actually I think the "new" way to Nissan is to take the 234 By-pass to Balls Ford (1st Light) turn right and then a right onto Wellington. Basically you want to stay off 29 South.

 
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  posted on 8/5/2007 at 05:02 PM
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John,

You don't want exit at 43B unless you want sit on 66 for an extra four miles. Also, 43B is the Gainesville exit, and it's also where the "bottleneck" is. Actually I think the "new" way to Nissan is to take the 234 By-pass to Balls Ford (1st Light) turn right and then a right onto Wellington. Basically you want to stay off 29 South.


I am coming the other way Fred from The west. No bottlenecks there.

But even from the east I prefer that way. to each his own.


with the Ratdog./deadhead crowd I would expect to see K-9 at the DUI stop.

see y'all at the show.

 

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