The CMA Fan Fest is the largest country music festival in the world and we’ve created a detailed CMA Seating Chart guide for the 42nd annual festival set to take place at LP Field Nashville, TN (June 5th to June 8th 2014).
- 1 CMA Music Festival Seating Chart
- 2 LP Field Seating Chart Information
- 3 What seats to buy for the CMA Music Festival?
- 4 My Personal CMA Experience
- 5 CMA 2013 Lineup – CMA 2014 Lineup
- 6 Things to do in Nashville
LP Field Seating Chart Information
In the 100s the higher seat numbers are next to the sections with higher section numbers, for example seat #24 in section 111 is going to be next to section 112. Almost all of the 100s sections have 24 seats and they start with row A go to Z and then AA to LL (so LL is the last row).
In the 200s the higher seat numbers are also next to the sections with the higher section number for example seat #22 in section 213 is going to be next to section 214. Almost all of the 200s sections have 22 seats and they start with row A and head with row V.
In the 300s sections the higher the row number is, the more seats per a row there will be. Seats per a row can range from 10 seats to 31 seats. Nonetheless, the rule that the highest seat numbers are adjacent to the sections with the higher section number is consistent for these sections as well. Most 300 sections start with row A go to Z, then transition to AA to KK (the last row is a double letter, and is worse than the single row letters).
Obviously not all seats are of the same quality, it’s no secret that the Gold Circle is where you want to be. The entire gold circle is really split into two parts, the front part and the back part. Each year they change where the sections are divided, this year depending the section it’s between row 21 & 24.
The best part of being in the first part of the gold circle is that there’s security in between the two parts and as long as you have tickets in the first portion of the Gold Circle, you are able to get past them. Of course every seat is sold, but this is a 4 day festival that lasts for 5 hours each night, so in the past, typically by the last performer I move up and sit in the first 10 rows of the center section verses the section E, where I typically sit. Lastly, its also just a nice luxury to be able to show your pass and be able to walk around almost anywhere on the field level.
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CMA Gold Circle Tickets vs Field Level Tickets – Which CMA Tickets are the best?
Section C (the center section) of the gold circle has a break in it at row 21 and then restarts at row 22, the last row in this section is row 42. Section C is also split in half down the center, the split can be seen in between seats 15 & 16. So seat 1 & seat 30 in section C are the farthest from the center of the stage, while 15 & 16 is in the center.
Section B and D start at row 1 and go to row 24 before it has a break; then rows 25 to 45 are behind it. These sections have 24 seats per a row and when facing the stage seat #1 is on the right side of the section (this holds true for all field level and gold circle sections).
Section A and E go from row 1 to 21, then 22 to 42. These sections have 22 seats per a row, in Section A seat 1 is closer to the center of the stadium, where’s seat #1 in section E is further from the center of the stage.
Section F & J goes from row 1 to 18, then 19 to 34. Section F has 22 seats per a row and seat 1 is closer to the center of the stadium, while in section J, seat #1 is further from the center of the stage.
Section G & H goes from row 1 to 20, then 21 to 40. The number of seats per a row changes but in section G, the outer seat (furthest from the center of the stage) is always number 24 and for section H, the seat furthest from the center is always seat #1 and the inside aisle ranges from seat number 12 to 24.
Section K goes from row 1 to 48 and seat 1 on the inside aisle and seat 10 on the outside aisle.
Section M and P go from row 1 to 17 and section M seat 1 is on the inside aisle and seat 6 is on the outside aisle, for section P, it’s the opposite, seat 1 is on the inside aisle and seat 6 is on the outside aisle.
What seats to buy for the CMA Music Festival?
The field level and gold circle seats are by no means the most comfortable or spacious seats, its actually very tight and the seats are all attached together via string ties.
I learned this from my fellow country folks in Nashville over the last 5 years of attending the CMA Music Festival, you can simply (but physically) break the zip ties. This will make it easier to get in and out of the rows, and quite frankly just more comfortable.
The best seats for the CMA Music Festival are definitely within the first 10 rows of any of the center floor sections, (B, C or D). Unlike many concerts where the stage is small the stage at the CMA festival is massive, and thus I do not find it necessary to pay a premium to sit in the center section (C), but instead would save some money and look for tickets in section B or D.
However, I do think there is a reason to pay a premium to sit in section B or D, verses A or E.
If the gold circle seats are too expensive, I would skip the field level seats totally and look at the lower level premium tickets (specifically 111-114 or 133-136).
When trying to find the best bang for you buck, looking at the ticket listings on TickPick will be extremely helpful.
Here the CMA Fan Fest Tickets will be ranked based on the seat quality (aka seat location / view) as well as the ticket price (plus there are no added fees).
My Personal CMA Experience
Every year I go to the CMA Music Festival with a group of 8 people; we have 4 seats in the (10th row of section E, the most right floor section) and 4 seats in row 20 of section D.
It’s actually a toss up between which seats are better. Section D obviously has a better direct view of the stage, but the 10th row of E, is closer to the stage. There’s pros and cons between these two different types of seats, I am going to break them down on a general basis and is relevant when you are comparing numerous different types of seats to one another.
Center section seats (the pros):
1. Always a good angle of the stage (regardless the bands set up or their movement on the stage)
2. Great views of the monitor (and even if you are in the 20th row, you’ll inevitable look at them)
Center section seats (the cons):
1. The prices of these premium CMA tickets
Side Section pros:
1. Closer to the stage
2. When the band is playing towards one side you get exceptional views and experiences
3. Cheaper ticket prices
Side Section cons:
1. Depending on how much to the side you are, the angles can get extreme (the angles for the gold circle are never to extreme, but sections 111, 211 & 311 will be)
2. Ability to see the large monitors may be hampered by the angle
CMA 2013 Lineup – CMA 2014 Lineup
Although the 2014 lineup isn’t available yet, you can see the previous CMA Music Festival Lineup here: when 2014 is announced it will be available here as well.
Things to do in Nashville
Karoake – you can’t go wrong here: Wanna B’s
Late Night Food? The Hermiatege Cafe is an experience that can’t be explained only experienced (this is not for the faint of hearts).
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