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Main Street Mourns & Celebrates Ali

First, our deepest condolences to the Ali Family and our friends and members at the Muhammad Ali Center– the world has lost an inspirational force – words can’t even.
While we are deeply saddened by the loss of such an instrumental historical voice and a local friend, we are touched by the outpouring we are witnessing, especially on our street, both in conversation and in action.

Sidewalk Chalk Drawing, corner of 5th and Main yesterday:
“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life” 

Events

Wednesday, June 8“I Am Ali” Event, Kentucky Center for the Arts, 10 am – 4 pm

Through Thursday, June 9Big Four Bridge Lit in Red and Gold, symbolizing his iconic red boxing gloves and his golden achievements. 

Friday, June 10Memorial Service at the Yum! Center, Doors open at 11:30 am, Reserved Tickets in Advance, You can also watch it live streaming here.

See more information here, including a link to the press conference last night with the latest information.

Also, check out:www.alilouisville.com for history, events, acknowledgments. 

Traffic Alerts

From the Louisville Downtown Partnership:

“As the world comes to Downtown Louisville to say goodbye to the “Champ”, we expect significant impact on Downtown professionals and residents.

Where appropriate, we suggest employers consider allowing employees to work from home on Friday or depart Downtown by noon.”

 
Please note many meters on Main Street will be bagged (i.e. no parking) to make room for buses coming from the Fairgrounds, and for taxis. There will be several downtown road closures throughout the day on Friday.

Check out the traffic app – louisvilledowntown.org/waze 

Art & History

The City has put together a great microsite –www.alilouisville.com, which also includes Ali Art and Landmarks – several of which are on our beloved Main Street.

Muhammad Ali Center and Mural– 

116 N. 6th St. (corner of 6th and Main)

Muhammad Ali Hometown Hero Mural– 

220 W. Main Street

Muhammad Ali Kentucky Hall of Fame Photo– 

KFC Yum! Center concourse, 1 Arena Plaza

Lots of Foot Traffic

Businesses, please expect lots of visitors and tourists. Hotels are apparently already sold out, and we anticipate many guests looking for places to explore and eat. 

Restaurants, you may want to consider changing or expanding your hours to accommodate the influx of folks.

Please note that this week also coincides with the observance of Ramadan. During that time period, those who observe fast from food during the day and eat before dawn and after sunset.

The Convention Bureau is looking for a listing of any restaurants on Main Street that may be open during those hours so they can share that information with the hotels and guests.

If you do have hours that accommodate the observance of Ramadan, please e-mail Cinnamon Jawar at cjawar@gotolouisville.com  

Share Your Photos

There are so many pop-up expressions of love and compassion happening on Main Street to honor and celebrate Muhammad Ali. Please share what you see from your perspective.
Post your pictures and videos on our Facebook page, post and tag us on Instagram, tweet us about it @Louisvillemsa. If you do, please tag it #thegreatest and #mainstreetlou