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Luke Bryan fans run into heavy UNI traffic Friday

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More than 21,000 people were at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls Friday night, for a performance from country star Luke Bryan. While many say they had a good time, there were others that left frustrated.

On Friday, we spoke with school officials who said they were better prepared after lessons learned about the last big concert at the dome, when Jason Aldean played in 2012. But some people still left Luke Bryan's performance Friday night feeling a little angry.

Some people said they were stuck in their cars for as long as two hours waiting to park, and some even missed the opening acts.

No matter what direction commuters come into town, eventually they have to get on Hudson Road outside the UNI-Dome, and police say that's where the back-up occurred.

Chief Jeff Olson with Cedar Falls police says by 8:20 the traffic jam was cleared, and nearly everyone was parked, but the opening act took the stage nearly an hour before.

"We took a back way looking that we knew that got us there quicker but if we would have waited I don't think we would have even seen any of the first two and we probably wouldn't have seen the first part of Luke Bryan and spending that much on tickets I would hate to miss any of it," said Shannan Olmstead.

"We had approximately 18 officers directing traffic in and around the Dome area. And you had additional people in the parking lot helping to keep the traffic moving as quickly as we can but when you have that many cars those roads can only handle so much traffic," said Olson.

Chief Olson says the big issue was mainly the size of the crowd. The dome is used to football games which bring in about 16-thousand people. There were thousands more than that Friday night.

KWWL also heard reports of people having problems with seating, and tickets being double sold.

Troy Dannen with the UNI athletic office said they have no reports of this, but said everyone involved with the concert will meet later this week to review the evening.

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