10 THINGS TO KNOW FOR NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND
1. Transit Center Located at 7th Street:
At the start of Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) service on Friday, Feb.15, the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC) will be temporarily relocated to the surface lot across from the LYNX 7th Street parking deck. The temporary transit center will provide pass sales and information, connections to other CATS bus routes, heated customer waiting area, restrooms and on-site safety and security personnel. The CTC will resume normal operation at the start of service on Monday, Feb. 18.
For more information on CATS bus and LYNX light rail service impacts, visit
https://ridetransit.org, or follow CATS on
2. Spectrum Center:
All bags, including, briefcases, luggage and backpacks, will be prohibited from entering the facility. Diaper bags and purses must be smaller than 14” x 14” x 6”. Guests who are in possession of items that exceed the size limit must take them back to their vehicle or hotel.
3. Traffic Impacts and Street Closures:
Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected in Uptown, with road closures around Spectrum Center. If you do not need to travel to Uptown during this time, please avoid the area.
- It is recommended to avoid Independence Boulevard and the Bojangles’ Coliseum area on Friday afternoon.
- Parking around the AvidXchange Music Factory will be limited.
For updates on closures, follow the Charlotte Department of Transportation on
4. Parking Impacts:
Parking garages around Uptown may have limited or no availability during the weekend. Valet parking will also be disbanded and many on-street parking spaces will be unavailable. View on-street parking restrictions with this
DO NOT park at a bagged meter. Vehicles parked in restricted areas will be towed. Contact
Eastway Wrecker at 704-393-3027 if your vehicle is towed.
5. Travel Light on LYNX:
The LYNX Blue Line will operate during NBA All-Star Weekend, however, additional security measures will be in place. Beginning at 5 p.m. until end of day service on Friday, Feb. 15, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, purses, backpacks, suitcases, large tote bags or bulky items will not be allowed on board LYNX trains or at station platforms.
After 5 p.m. each day, riders who choose to travel with their personal belongings should put them in a
CLEAR bag. Any clear bag is acceptable. This will allow the customer to reboard LYNX at the 3rd Street or 7th Street Stations – after the security sweep – and continue their trip through the CTC/Arena Station. All riders will be required to get off at the 3rd Street or 7th Street Stations; the train will then undergo a security sweep. Riders with no bags or a clear bag will be allowed to reboard after the sweep and continue their trip. Riders with belongings that are not in a clear bag will not be allowed to reboard the train and must walk to an open LYNX station to continue their trip. This security measure will be in place until the end of service each night.
During NBA All-Star Weekend, customers traveling from I-485 to UNC Charlotte must exit at the 3rd Street Station;
Customers traveling from UNC Charlotte Main Station to I-485 must exit at the 7th Street Station. Customers can continue their trip after the security sweep has been completed.
Beginning at 5 p.m. until end of day service on Friday, Feb. 15, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, there will be no light rail service at the CTC/Arena Station. Customers will need to walk to 3rd Street or 7th Street Stations for light rail service.
6. Roads and Uber/Lyft/E-Scooters:
Pick-up and drop-off locations will be altered, and E-scooters and bicycles will not be allowed in areas around Spectrum Center. Uber and Lyft pickup locations:
- Bojangles’ Coliseum: Independence Blvd. on Paul Buck Blvd.
- Spectrum Arena: 3rd and 8th Ave.
Check venue websites as locations are subject to change.
Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected in Uptown. The following roads surrounding Spectrum Arena will be closed to public traffic beginning Thursday, Feb. 14:
The N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend lane closures on a project to improve 22 bridges along I-277. Lane closures will be suspended from Thursday morning, Feb. 14, until Monday night, Feb. 18.
Lane closures on I-77 will be suspended from Friday morning, Feb.15, until Monday night, Feb. 18.
An exception is a pavement rehabilitation project on I-85 west of uptown, between N.C. 16 and Moores Chapel Road. The contractor may install lane closures on I-85 North, no earlier than 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Work will be weather depending.
7. Public Events:
Get the ultimate fan experience during All-Star weekend at the Epicentre. Starting at noon each day, the destination will feature customized experiences, retail offerings and NBA partner activations – all free and open to the public. Space is first come, first served, so registration is recommended to secure your spot. Walk-ups will be processed depending upon availability. To register and get more information, visit
8. Safety and Security:
If you see something, say something. To report illegal or suspicious activity, or in the event of an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency related cases, dial 311. CharMeck 311 is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Residents can also submit service requests online 24 hours a day.
Follow instructions from uniformed safety and security personnel, police officers or fire officials. When possible, walk in groups and avoid low-lit areas. Keep track of your belongings in taxis and be sure to monitor your personal items in public places – never leave your property unattended. Review the fire/life safety procedures at your hotel and keep your hotel room door secured at all times. Make a copy of your passport, credit and debit cards in the event they are lost. NBA All-Star security updates can be found on the
NBA All-Star App.
9. Hotel Footprint:
All Uptown hotels will be impacted with travelers to All-Star events, as well as hotels in the Executive Park and South Park areas.
10. Engage on Social Media:
Share your All-Star experience by using the official hashtag, #NBAAllStar.