Charlotte City Leaders Say NBA All-Star Weekend was a Success
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – From thousands of visitors, to big names on and off the court, city leaders say NBA All-Star Weekend went off without any major problems.
“Charlotte once again proved it can handle something of that magnitude,” says city council member Larken Egleston.
Egleston says the biggest issues were expected, things like traffic and parking problems.
“People adapted, they embraced the fact that we had such a big, exciting event going on,” Egleston says.
CMPD Lt. Brad Koch says challenges included managing large crowds and events at different locations.
150,000 visitors were expected in Charlotte, bringing a more than $100 Million dollar economic impact.
“The number of people, the different cross-section of individuals from celebrities to athletes,” Koch explains.
The department did make several arrests after an out-of-town group was caught driving ATV’s recklessly around the city.
“It’s a real danger to everybody,” Koch says.
Now Charlotte looks forward to next week’s CIAA Tournament and then the 2020 Republican National Convention.
“I think we’ve already proven that we can handle these kinds of events, these kinds of crowds,” says city council member Greg Phipps.
Phipps hopes the All-Star success will lead to more events in Charlotte.
People in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe saw the game.
“To see it, knowing it’s getting that national, international exposure is, I think it makes it more attractive to other people coming in,” Phipps says.