Organizers prepare for 2 weeks of ACL

Organizers prepare for 2 weeks of ACL

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Organizers are making the final preparations for the first two week version of the Austin City Limits Festival.

Fort the first time the festival will be two weekends. The first weekend is sold out. There are, however, still passes for the next weekend.

In 2012, 75,000 people attended. Organizers have not announced attendance numbers for this year yet.

The Austin Convention and Visitor's Bureau expects the large crowds with some fans and music to stay the entire week between festivals. Festival organizers C3 Presents says last year contributed around $100 million to the local economy, and expects that number will go up this year.

For those who do not plan to go to either weekend, Shipla Bakre with the city's visitor bureau says Austinites will enjoy more musical options during the week.

"One of the main things this has done is having musical acts here for two weekends and five days in between will allow our music venues to feature some great acts that allow locals to get out who maybe choose not to go to ACL are going to see some fantastic events, spending money and enjoying everything Austin has to offer," Bakre said.

Several roads will be closed for the festival each week. Barton Springs will close at Robert E. Lee. MoPac frontage road will close at Columbus Drive. And Stratford Drive at Nature Center Drive will close. The closures last from Friday to Monday.

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