Businesses Hope To Cash In On NBA All-Star Weekend Crowds
CHARLOTTE, NC. — More than 150,000 people will descend on Charlotte this week for the NBA All-Star game and events. Businesses hope to cash in on the crowds.
Crews working Monday to get put in the hardwood floors at the Spectrum Center and Bojangles Coliseum ahead of All-Star events and the massive crowds. Uber and Lyft driver Cheryl Brown, is also getting ready. She says All-Star weekend could add at least $600 to her weekly income.
“Honey it is really worth it. I am making money I’d never thought I’d make,” says Brown.
Lorenzo Frye has been driving for Uber for a year. He says to expect a hefty surcharge.
“Because so many people are requesting Ubers. I hope it’s through the rough, because I want as much money as I can make,” says Frye.
Not everyone thinks the extra cash is worth it. Lynn Smoot says all the extra traffic expected during All-Star weekend makes him not want to drive.
“You can make a lot of money, but you have to ask yourself is it worth all the hassle you’ve got to go through.”
SouthPark Mall, anticipating large crowds, especially with multiple big-name shoe releases. Steph Curry’s neon green Under Armour Curry 6 “All-Star”. It’s available at stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods on Friday. Individual stores may have events planned, with rumors of celebrity appearances.
Treehouse Bourbon and BBQ is across the street from the mall and hopes to draw in some of the crowds.
“We’re defiantly really excited, hopefully, we’ll have a lot of drinks specials, a lot of people will be in and out, all the employees will be here,” says Treehouse employee Stacey Hagyard.