Around The Riverbend: How to have a safe, fun and easy Riverbend
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Channel 3 wants to make sure you make the most of your Riverbend experience this year.
WRCBtv.com Riverbend Reporter Danny Kennedy walks us through a hypothetical Riverbend experience and offers important tips along the way.
Riverbend attracts thousands, and you need to find a parking spot. But no worries if you can't find a cheap one close to Riverbend. The Chattanooga Choo-Choo only charges $20 parking for the entire festival. From there, you can catch a shuttle to the festival grounds. The ride is $1 and it's available from 6 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.
Once you're off the shuttle, it's time to enter the festival. The gates open at 4:30 p.m., which gives you up to five hours to set up your lawn chairs before the main act begins.
It's 6 p.m. and your kids are restless and you need a break from the sun. You head over to the riverfront playground by the Olgati Bridge. After a few spins on the roller coaster, you become separated from your child. Don't worry, there's a "lost parents" tent by the main entrance and plenty of uniformed police officers and volunteers roaming the area.
Once you're reunited with your child, they're thirsty and dehydrated. Take a short stroll to the Hamilton County Emergency Management Service's tent located on the main drag for a complimentary cup of cold water.
"We just want to keep these people hydrated," says Hamilton County EMS Lieutenant Brian Bricker. "It's preventative care, if you will."
After some drinks, you need to use the restroom but would prefer to avoid the porta-potty lines. There's a way to do that. Just purchase a $3 "potty pass" from the Courtyard Marriott. All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House. The facilities are well-stocked and air conditioned.
"If you need to use the restroom, why do it for free? Make an effort to do it for charity," says Courtyard Marriott employee Josh Garland.
It's now 8 p.m. and time for dinner. You need to purchase some Riverbend tokens with the cash you don't have. Just use one of the many ATMs on site but be forewarned of the $3.50 withdrawal fee.
You're eating a funnel cake and remember the NBA championship is on TV. Don't go home; go instead to the Bud Light tent to watch on one of the many televisions.
It's 8:30 p.m. and your team is losing. You decide to check out the side stages before the main act. All you have to do is log onto m.wrcbtv.com on your cell phone for a full list of artists and stage locations.
Remember, Channel 3 is here for you wherever you go, making sure Riverbend is fun, easy, and safe for you and your loved ones.