Columbia County officials expect the Evans Town Center Park to reach its 5,000-person capacity on Friday for the Lady Antebellum concert.
To accommodate the numerous vehicles of all those guests, the Marshall Square field across Evans Town Center Boulevard from the park will be turned into a makeshift parking lot for the event.
Motorists will be charged a $5 fee for spaces. The lot can be accessed from Evans Town Center Boulevard and North Belair Road.
Already county road crews have roped off sections of the property and put down gravel for roads.
"It's a pretty big field and I think we can fit a lot of cars in there, but overflow parking will be at the (Evans Government Center on Ronald Reagan Drive)," said county Community Events Specialist Keela Colombraro.
Though the gates open at 4 p.m., the concert won't start until 6 p.m. By then, Colombraro said, most government employees will have left for home leaving the spaces free for concert patrons.
Though parking lots exist on the park grounds, they will be closed to the general public, Colombraro said.
"The only people parking inside that (lot) will be sponsors, vendors and the band's crew," she said. "If people have a handicap tag, we'll direct them to park inside the park, space permitting, so they won't have so far to walk."
Columbia County sheriff's deputies will be at the event and will ticket those committing parking violations, Capt. Steve Morris said.
However, Morris said deputies won't be directing traffic away from the privately-owned parking lots of nearby businesses.
"All the businesses surrounding the park are well aware of what's happening and we're leaving it up to their discretion to allow parking, close off their parking lots, or even charge people for parking," Colombraro said. "I know the Health Care Credit Union (on Washington Road) is going to charge for parking."
Other business, like Kroger on Washington Road, have posted signs announcing they will not offer spaces for "event parking."