It’s A Big Football Weekend In Charlotte!
CHARLOTTE, NC. — It’s a big football weekend in Charlotte! Nearly 70,000 people are expected to pack Bank of America Stadium for the ACC Championship game, featuring the Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Cavaliers.
The game is big business for the city.
Last year it had an economic impact of $28.7 million. The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority says that includes an estimated $15.5 million in direct visitor spending.
“You come here and there are other things to do as well instead of just the game,” says one fan.
As for getting around Charlotte, look out for road closures around the stadium, similar to those during a home Panthers game.
CATS is increasing LYNX Blue Line service on Saturday to accommodate people heading to the game. Service will increase for two hours before and after the game. Crews will be monitoring the amount of riders in order to adjust run times as needed.
List of events:
Dates/Times: Friday, Dec. 6 (5:00 PM – 9:00 PM) AND Saturday, Dec. 7 (10:00 AM – 6:30 PM)
Location: Charlotte Convention Center – Hall C (501 S College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Details: Admission is free & open to the public. Fans attending FanFest can expect a fun football experience with half-sized turf football field with a passing accuracy station and 40-yard dash, a field goal kicking station, gaming consoles, the Capital One Orange Bowl RV, CFP Extra Yard for Teachers bus, an ESPN set and ACC Football mega trophy for fans to capture photos, and more!
Night of Legends
Date: Friday, Dec. 6
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Charlotte Convention Center – Crown Ballroom
Details: The ACC will formally recognize the 2019 regular season football award winners along with this year’s Legends class. Event hosts include ACC Network’s Kelsey Riggs, Mark Packer, and Wes Durham.
Fan 5K & Kids’ Mascot Fun Run
Date: December 7
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Charlotte Convention Center/MLK Boulevard
Details: Join the ACC the morning of the big game for the annual ACC Fan 5K and Kids Mascot Run. Dress up in your favorite school colors and see if you can outrun your school’s biggest rivals! Participants will receive a t-shirt and medal in their favorite ACC team colors. Fan 5K begins at 8 a.m. with the Kids’ Mascot Race to follow.
Date: December 7, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Charlotte Convention Center – Hall C (FanFest)
Details: At the 2019 ACC Football Kids’ Combine, participants will be divided into age groups from 1st to 8th grade to compete in various skilled drills such as the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill, and QB distance toss. Top performers will win a prize and be recognized during the ACC Championship game on the video board. Registration includes entry to the combine, a ticket to the game, and a $20 Dicks Sporting Goods Bonus Certificate.
Date: December 7, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Bank of America Stadium (800 S Mint Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Details: The ACC Football Championship Game is a key game on the national landscape as the winner of the game has gone on to win three of the last six National Championships! Join us as Clemson University and the University of Virginia go head to head for the ACC Championship Trophy. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.
United Way/Extra Yard for Teachers School Visit
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Time: Pep rally: 10 – 11 AM; Media availability: 11 AM
Location: River Gate Elementary (15340 Smith Road, Charlotte, NC 28273)
Details: Three participating schools of the United Way Reading Challenge will come together to celebrate their achievements alongside ACC mascots.