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).
- 1 CMA Music Festival Seating Chart 2016-2017
- 2 Detailed CMA Seating Chart with Seat Numbers & Row Numbers
- 3 LP Field Seating Chart Information
- 4 Best CMA Tickets – Gold Circle vs Field Level
- 5 What Seats to Buy for the CMA Music Festival? (From 2015)
- 6 My Personal CMA Experience (2015)
- 7 CMA Festival Lineup 2016
- 8 Things to do in Nashville
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.
Detailed CMA Seating Chart with Seat Numbers & Row Numbers
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).
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.
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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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.
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).
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