Ride sharing companies finding ways to counter NFL Draft road closures

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Ensemble Boutique on 3rd Avenue South is busy, but customers have got to come by foot. 

Part of the street outside is blocked from through traffic for the NFL Draft. 

Owner Sandy Lee says the roadblocks have been difficult for her and her staff. 

“We have had to make extra arrangments trying to make sure everybody can get down here.”

Tourists are going to have to make arrangements too, especially those taking Uber and Lyft. 

Lyft says riders will be directed by the app to at least five “key pickup’ locations across downtown, and Uber says they’ll also have “key pickup” locations. 

“I expect to be very busy, very chaotic, but lots of fun,” says Lyft driver Joy Evans. 

Evans says she excited to have a front-row seat from behind the wheel while taking riders to and from the draft. 

But the road closures will be a headache. 

“It’s going to be interesting and challenging but Lyft it’s really great because Lyft gives you a great map of all the road closures.”

Uber drivers also have a map of road closures. 

Despite many hassles, the NFL Draft is an experience for rideshare drivers to cash in. 

“A normal night is usually a hundred dollar per night, sometimes you can do more,” said Evans. 

Businesses are also looking to cash in. 

“We usually find that people want to make their way to a local store and see what Nashville has to offer and we have that to offer,” said Lee. 

There are additional pickups that both Lyft and Uber offer. Locations are on the map below: 

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