No More Cover Charge To Get Onto Beale Street

Council looking into other crowd control solutions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - It will no longer cost you to get on Beale Street. The Memphis City Council voted Tuesday to put an end to the Saturday night cover charge.

It was put in place years ago by the Council to control crowds. Tuesday, council members voted 5 to 3 to drop the cover charge.

Now, the Memphis City Council is looking to crowd control professionals from as far as across the pond to come up with a way to protect Beale on the bluff.

Once known as the controversial Beale Street Bucks program, people paid $10 to enter the entertainment district. In return they got an $8 voucher towards a beverage at a Beale Street bar.

In May, after much debate, the city council dropped Beale Street Bucks and instead charged $5 to get on Beale. They also created a task force to look for better ways to pay for increased security on the iconic street. 

The council and the Beale Street Commission has issued what's called a Request for Qualifications asking companies to apply to conduct a study. The study will evaluate the current crowd control practices and offer new suggested measures to control crowds, prevent stampedes, and to improve overall safety and security.

The deadline for RFQ submissions is December 15th.  Final study results are expected April 2018.


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