Getting Around Charlotte
Traffic 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
Ride-Sharing and E-Scooters
Pickup and dropoff 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.
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.
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.
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.
Safety and Security
We want everyone to have a safe, enjoyable experience during the All-Star Weekend. 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 requestsonline 24 hours a day.
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.