City Clarifies Road Closures Before All-Star Weekend
Charlotte, NC — This will likely be the busiest weekend in Charlotte history, and the NBA All-Star traffic confusion started early.
The city changed when street closures start around the Spectrum Center from Wednesday to Thursday.
Super fan Howard “Brickman” Davenport was there when Charlotte hosted the all-star game back in 1991.
So, it’s no surprise to him that traffic confusion started two days early.
“Oh! It was huge. We were only around three years then, and it was absolutely the biggest thing to come to Charlotte,” said Davenport.
The city clarified: roads will close around the spectrum center Thursday through Monday.
Also Thursday: no street parking around Spectrum.
Meters were already covered Tuesday while signs next to meters contradicted that by saying no parking Thursday-Sunday. Drivers were confused.
A city spokesperson says they will ask the Charlotte Department of Transportation
Friday, remember two things: avoid Independence Blvd. because the Celebrity All-Star Game is at Bojangles Coliseum. Plus, the Uptown transit center moved a few blocks to a parking lots across from The Seventh Street Station Parking Deck.
“Hundreds of events will be taking place throughout our community over the weekend,” said Hornets President Fred Whitfield.
“These type of events will take some patience. So, we hope that our citizens in the region will understand the street closures, the added security, the expected large crowds.”
Security wise, Charlotte-Douglas Airport says prepare for longer lines.
“We couldn’t be happier about the NBA All Star game, and we’re prepared,” said Charlotte Airport Director Brent Cagle.
If you’re taking a train to Uptown, you cannot bring your briefcase or bag Friday through Sunday. You must have a clear bag.
Expect parking garages in Uptown to be packed. There will be no valet service. Parking at the Music Factory and South Park Mall could be bad.
No e-scooters are allowed around the Spectrum Center.
Uber or Lyft have specific drop off spots around event locations: at Bojangles’ Coliseum the spot is at Paul Buck Blvd. At Spectrum Arena, pick up and drop off is at 3rd and 8th Ave.