2016 CMA Music Festival Seating Chart

CMA Seating Chart: A Guide to CMA Music Festival 2017

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 45th annual festival set to take place at Nissan Stadium Nashville, TN (June 8th to June 11th 2017).


Please note that the CMA Music Festival seating chart changed in 2016, and the 2017 seating chart has not been finalized yet (it’s TBD if the stage will extend or not).

CMA Music Festival Seating Chart 2016-2017


For the 2016 CMA Music Festival the seating chart and stage was changed slightly. However, for the 2016 CMA, even though the organizers advertised that the stage would be extended (see below), they cancelled those plans last minute. It just goes to show that the CMA seating chart for 2017 can change even from what is advertised (unfortunately). With that said, here’s the most accurate information on the country music fan festival seating.

2016 CMA Music Festival Seating Chart

 

Detailed CMA Seating Chart with Seat Numbers & Row Numbers

Detailed CMA Seating Chart 2016

LP Field Seating Chart Information


100s Sections

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).

Obstructed Views – Sections 123 & 124

There’s been a lot of talk about the obstructions in section 123 & 124. Here’s what we can share on it. Sections 123 and 124 are behind the Mix panel. Since this is the first year that the set up is getting done this way, no one can tell you how good or bad it’s going to be. Our guess is that some seats will be extremely obstructed, meaning you may have a tough time seeing the stage as well as the screens. It is concerning because it the organizers are marking rows AA to LL obstructed, which is a very big space, so they must be expecting the mix panel to be very large (in the past it was raised at least a story high, which sounds like that what’s going to happen this year). Definitely avoid these tickets.

200s Sections

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.

300s Sections

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).

Gold Circle

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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Best CMA Tickets – Gold Circle vs Field Level


Note, as previously mentioned the stage for 2016 was suppose to be extended, and we think they’ll advertise seating for 2017 that way as well, however the extension was cancelled for 2016. In deciding which are the best seats, it really does make a big difference (if you are preparing to spend thousands of dollars, we’d suggest emailing us ([email protected]) or calling (845-538-4567) before buying 2017 CMA Music Festival tickets.

Section CC & DD (the center sections) of the gold circle is now just 10 rows, starting at row 1 and ending at row 10. These are the clearly the most desired seats in the entire stadium. Each section has 15 seats in a row (see image above). You can view the best CMA seats on TickPick, by sorting by “Seat Quality”.

Section BB and EE start at row 1 and go to row 24. The new stage set up which juts out of from the main stage ends where row 12 begins. So despite what you might think, we’d suggest buying tickets behind row 12 so you don’t miss the action on the extended stage. Each row has 24 seats. When facing the stage seat #1 is towards the center of the stage, (this holds true for all field level and gold circle sections).

Section AA and EE goes from row 1 to 19. These sections have 22 seats per a row. Once again keep in mind that the stage comes out to row 12. We suggest that for the same price you may want to consider seats in sections B, C, D or E so you are more towards the center of the action.

CMA Festival Best Seats

Section A, B, C, D, E & F starts at row and goes to row 22 (or 21 for A & F). Depending on the section there will be between 15 to 24 seats per a row. Prices will obviously change based on the section, and fans can expect to pay more for the center sections (C & D). All seats within section B & E, will definitely have a good view, while tickets in section A & F will still be good, but as you can imagine the viewing angle will be a little worse. Nonetheless we still think everyone will be happy with seats in these sections.

What Seats to Buy for the CMA Music Festival? (From 2015)


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’s no fee ticket site 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 (2015)


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 Festival Lineup 2016


See the 2016 CMA Music Festival Lineup here, as well as prior lineups.

 

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).


If you have a question regarding the LP Field seating Chart, leave it in the comments below and we’ll be sure to answer it. Also, if you know someone who would benefit from this guide use the social plugins below to share it with them!

Thanks and we’ll see you in Nashville!

  • Scott

    I purchased tickets on the floor – section M row 13. How is the view from these seats?

    • Connor Clark

      Hi Scott, you should have a perfectly good view that is pretty straight-on from the main stage. As long as your tickets weren’t marked as obstructed or limited view in the listing before you purchased them, you can rest assured that your view will be great from the floor!

  • Emily Tinsley

    Do you or anyone know if they have changed how the passes are? Two years ago I went and I for each day you had a pass. I am trying to buy tickets this year and the guy told me it is one pass for all four days total. Just want to make sure this is legit.

  • Rochelle Baron

    I have seats 17 and 18 section 122 row F for this years CMA Festival, and it says on ticket Lower Obstructed, what does this mean, my husband spent a lot of money for this 4 day pass?

    • Jack Slingland

      Hi Rochelle – It seems like those may be obstructed by the mix panel. It will be less blocked than seats in sections 123 and 124. You can see what we wrote on this above under Obstructed Views Sections 123 & 124.

  • EKrajec

    I’ve got a gold circle seat in section E, row 19. Last year I was section D row 1 in GC so much better. I’ve been looking for some reasonable upgrades. I am finding some in section FF that are reasonable but not sure about the view. They are back some, rows 14-16. I really want to be in that first section but I don’t want to have a terrible side view or not be able to see the monitor at all. Thanks!

  • Teresa

    We have Section 110 but it says “obstructed view” on the tickets. How is that section obstructed?

    • Connor Clark

      Hi Teresa, obstructions could be caused by a number of things such as speakers, walls, raised or lowered sections, etc. If you had a specific question in regards to the actual obstruction, you could reach out to the venue itself and they should have a more intimate knowledge of what exactly may cause this obstruction and to what extent it may be.

  • How about section 125 row gg

    How about section 125 row gg
    Will it be obstructed

  • Jenn

    Why are some sites selling CC and DD up to rows 14? Per your chart here, it only goes to row 10?

  • Luana Rizo

    Hi there need your help bought a ticket in section 123 row BB bc it did not say it was an obstructed view seat but when I got my receipt it said obstructed view. Tried to get a refund and they said they couldn’t refund. Can you tell me how bad the obstruction is from there and will I be able to see Anything? Thanks much appreciated

    • http://www.tickpick.com/ Brett Goldberg

      Hi Luana – Thanks for reaching out. Sorry to hear about your situation. Sections 123 and 124 are behind the Mix panel. Since this is the first year that the set up is getting done this way, no one can tell you how good or bad it’s going to be. My guess is that some seats will be extremely obstructed, meaning you may have a tough time seeing the stage as well as the screens. It is concerning because it looks like they are marking rows AA to LL obstructed, which is a big space, so they must be expecting the mix panel to be very large (in the past it was raised at least a story high, which sounds like that what’s going to happen this year.)

      The only suggestion at this point is to list your tickets for sale, you can try to recoup the full face value and then buy other tickets.

  • Dani Arriola

    Hey Brett!

    How obstructed is the view from the 123, 124 levels for the CMA fest? I’m looking to by some in level 123 row BB

    • Luana Rizo

      Did you ever find out any information to your question? I unfortunately poo purchased a ticket without knowing until after it was paid for that it was limited viewing. Just wondering how much of a waste of money it is. Thanks

  • Dani Arriola

    Hey Brett! A group of us are going this year and we saw the level 123 and 124 were available but there’s some sort of obstructed view. I was curious as to how bad the obstruction is and if the tickets in level 123 row BB 1-6 would be a waste of money? Thank you!

  • lois

    I bought tickets in section 100, row H. Will I be able to see the stage/performers from the side?

    • lois

      section 110*

  • Ange

    Hi Brett. It’s my dream to go and we are holidaying from Australia in the US at that time (in 2016) but we will have our toddler with us so wondering if Nashville is family friendly during the festival?

    • https://www.tickpick.com/ TickPick

      Hi Ange – Nashville is definitely family friendly. With that said, I think you’d want to find a babysitter for the night time (hopefully through the hotel). The night concerts go from 7ish to 12ish.

  • Bob

    New 2016 stage extension may change the desirability of some of the most expensive ticket unless you enjoy looking at the backside of the performers when they use the extension. Do you know which rows in sections BB/EE/FF/AA are behind the front of the extension? Similarly, what is the first row in section CC/DD?

    • https://www.tickpick.com/ TickPick

      Bob – Great question. Updated the detailed seating chart for 2016, which will answer all your questions. Tough to know how the extended stage will be utilized, but this answers all of your questions.

  • Cody

    This is our first cma music fest we are in gold circle section A row 19, I think we did well for seats?. My main question for you is the dress attire?

  • Dave

    Hi Brett,
    We have section c row 6, but are contemplating switching to section B row 1. Is this an upgrade? Or are these comparable seats? I have never been to cma fest and don’t want to waste money foolishly “upgrading.” Thanks a bunch!

  • Dave

    Hi Brett,
    We have section c row 6, but are contemplating switching to section B row 1. Is this an upgrade? Or are these comparable seats? I have never been to cma fest and don’t want to waste money foolishly “upgrading.” Thanks a bunch!

  • BrianT

    What about the Club Level seats? Section 218 Row V? Based on you review me may be in the parking lot!

  • BrianT

    What about the Club Level seats? Section 218 Row V? Based on you review me may be in the parking lot!

  • NoleGirl

    Hi, I’m looking at buying 2 tickets to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday. The tickets are located in Section 213 row T. Is there a rail and walkway in front of this row that would block their view? I can’t seem to get a clear view from any of the virtual seating charts for this row.

  • NoleGirl

    Hi, I’m looking at buying 2 tickets to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday. The tickets are located in Section 213 row T. Is there a rail and walkway in front of this row that would block their view? I can’t seem to get a clear view from any of the virtual seating charts for this row.

    • Joe Cassitto

      NoleGirl – I really don’t think there would be a railing here that would obstruct the view. It seems as if Row T is in the middle of the section and I don’t imagine the view would be blocked in any way.

    • Joe Cassitto

      NoleGirl – I really don’t think there would be a railing here that would obstruct the view. It seems as if Row T is in the middle of the section and I don’t imagine the view would be blocked in any way.

  • Rick Lekoski

    Hey Brett,
    It’s been a life long dream of my wife’s to attend the festival. Next year is our 10 year anniversary and for a surprise, want to attend the festival and awards show. Being a newbie, can you recommend accommodations and the best way to obtain tickets and when tickets are available? Any guidance will be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Rick Lekoski

    Hey Brett,
    It’s been a life long dream of my wife’s to attend the festival. Next year is our 10 year anniversary and for a surprise, want to attend the festival and awards show. Being a newbie, can you recommend accommodations and the best way to obtain tickets and when tickets are available? Any guidance will be appreciated. Thanks.

    • http://www.tickpick.com/ Brett Goldberg

      Just sent you an email to schedule a call. Best, Brett

    • http://www.tickpick.com/ Brett Goldberg

      Just sent you an email to schedule a call. Best, Brett

  • Ted

    Hello, for 2015, I have seats in section J, row 10 right in the middle. Any comments on what the view will be like from there. Thanks

  • Ted

    Hello, for 2015, I have seats in section J, row 10 right in the middle. Any comments on what the view will be like from there. Thanks

  • Cat Saunders

    Do you by chance have the rows and seats numbers for 2016 as you have had in the past?

  • Cat Saunders

    Do you by chance have the rows and seats numbers for 2016 as you have had in the past?

    • Jack Slingland

      Hi Cat – the seat and row numbers don’t change from year to year since it is at the same venue.

      • Cat Saunders

        2016 seating chart is changing for sure. They completely changed the way previous buyers have been able to purchase.

        • Jack Slingland

          Hi Cat – the seat and row number patterns in the 100, 200, and 300 level do not change at the venue year to year.. the floor sections may change and we will update the post once that information is released.

        • Jack Slingland

          Hi Cat – the seat and row number patterns in the 100, 200, and 300 level do not change at the venue year to year.. the floor sections may change and we will update the post once that information is released.

      • Cat Saunders

        2016 seating chart is changing for sure. They completely changed the way previous buyers have been able to purchase.

    • Jack Slingland

      Hi Cat – the seat and row numbers don’t change from year to year since it is at the same venue.

  • Donna

    Hi Brett.. Last year I attended The Cma Fest. My seats were Row C seat 16 which allowed me to move forward , as you mentioned, all the way up to the stage.
    I have been told that the stage has been moved this year. I’ve noticed on the Ticketmaster site that it looks like the closest section to the stage would be AA,BB,CC,DD,EE.
    Are you aware out the new seating chart? I want to obtain tickets in the first section which allows me the ability to walk up to the stage. I’m concerned by the chart I saw on Ticketmaster, that I would only be able to do that by purchasing tickets in the double aa,bb,cc,dd,ee.
    Can you confirm where I need to be seated to move forward?
    Thank you!

  • Donna

    Hi Brett.. Last year I attended The Cma Fest. My seats were Row C seat 16 which allowed me to move forward , as you mentioned, all the way up to the stage.
    I have been told that the stage has been moved this year. I’ve noticed on the Ticketmaster site that it looks like the closest section to the stage would be AA,BB,CC,DD,EE.
    Are you aware out the new seating chart? I want to obtain tickets in the first section which allows me the ability to walk up to the stage. I’m concerned by the chart I saw on Ticketmaster, that I would only be able to do that by purchasing tickets in the double aa,bb,cc,dd,ee.
    Can you confirm where I need to be seated to move forward?
    Thank you!

  • http://www.tickpick.com/ Brett Goldberg

    Where did you buy your tickets? Just kidding, but I hope you checked TickPick for the same seats because they would have been cheaper here: https://www.tickpick.com/buy-2015-cma-music-festival–4-day-pass-tickets-lp-field-6-11-15-TBD/2331458/

    Anyway, no there are no GA seats, at least not in the Gold Circle or any of the Field, or 100s or 200s sections for the CMA.

  • http://www.tickpick.com/ Brett Goldberg

    Where did you buy your tickets? Just kidding, but I hope you checked TickPick for the same seats because they would have been cheaper here: https://www.tickpick.com/buy-2015-cma-music-festival–4-day-pass-tickets-lp-field-6-11-15-TBD/2331458/

    Anyway, no there are no GA seats, at least not in the Gold Circle or any of the Field, or 100s or 200s sections for the CMA.

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