Boomsday 2014 free, open to the public

By: WVLT staff
By: WVLT staff
Boomsday fireworks viewing will remain open to the public this year. Visit Knoxville originally planned to make the Neyland Drive viewing area a ticketed zone, but state laws regarding access prohibited the change.

Original plans for Boomsday called for part of Neyland Drive to be gated off for ticketed admission.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Neyland Drive will remain open and free to the public for Boomsday 2014.

Original plans were to gate off a portion of Neyland Drive and charge $20 for admission.

But state law says you can't gate off off a state highway.

Instead, headliner Rodney Atkins will perform at 10 p.m. inside Thompson Boling Arena after the fireworks.

Visit Knoxville said in a release today that "the change was made to remain in full compliance with state law regarding access to Neyland Drive."

Tickets will be required for the Rodney Atkins concert, which Visit Knoxville is billing as the "first ever Boomsday After Party," and Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas says the organization is "making options available to those that literally 'bought in' to the new ticket concept."

The Black Lilies will not be performing for the 2014 Boomsday event. Visit Knoxville says they are working out details for 2015 with the band.

Fairview Union, Sweetwater Rain and Native Run will perform on stages in the free area along Neyland Drive.

Visit Knoxville also said in a relese that they will be working on preferred viewing areas for fireworks along Neyland Drive.

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