Concert for Valor expected to draw 800000 to the National Mall

Roads surrounding the National Mall will be closed and Metro’s Blue Line shut down Tuesday ahead of the Concert for Valor, a star-studded Veterans Day event expected to draw up to 800,000 spectators to see performances by musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Metallica and Rihanna.

Officials began closing roads Monday, including portions around 4th and Madison streets in Northwest, as crews readied the Mall with equipment such as the performers’ stage and fencing.

The three-hour HBO-sponsored concert takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, though for those either unwilling to brave the crowds or unable to make the event the cable channel will air the concert live.

Beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, thoroughfares that cross the National Mall from 3rd Street Northwest to 17th Street Northwest and roads that line the Mall, including Constitution and Independence avenues, will be closed. Roads will reopen after the event ends.

Metro will not be running and Blue Line trains Tuesday, instead opting to run more frequent Yellow Line trains and a free shuttle service offering rides from the Pentagon and Rosslyn stations to Arlington National Cemetery. The Smithsonian Metro station will also be closed throughout the day.

Metro will operate until midnight, or longer if need be to accommodate concertgoers.

Officials note that the crowds could be larger for Tuesday’s concert than recent July 4 celebrations or inauguration events, although Tuesday is a federal government holiday so traffic in the city is expected to be lighter.

Concert attendees will be subject to security screenings, but can begin entering the checkpoints to steak out seating for the event beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The concert’s full line up includes performances by the The Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, Eminem, Metallica, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Rihanna, and Zac Brown Band.