Heavy Pedestrian and Vehicle Traffic Expected During CIAA

Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to be alert at all times
CDOT Media Line

Charlotte, NC—The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament begins Tuesday, February 27 and runs through Saturday, March 3 at the Bojangles' Coliseum and the Spectrum Center. Events will also be held at the convention center.

Heavier than usual pedestrian and vehicle traffic is expected throughout Charlotte. The Charlotte Department of Transportation is prepared and will be working with partners throughout the city and community to support concurrent high profile events.

Wednesday, February 28 is CIAA Education Day. Approximately 120 school buses will be transporting young students and parking around the uptown area. Children will be walking from and to buses and various venues, and traffic will be very heavy.

Motorists are advised of the following:

  • There are no planned street closures, but sporadic closures of 5th Street near the Spectrum Center may occur after key games end.
  • When pedestrian traffic is high, motorist turns onto side streets from College Street and Tryon Street may be prohibited, specifically on both College Street and Tryon Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 6th streets.
  • On Friday and Saturday, motorist turns from College Street and Tryon Street between Stonewall and 9th streets may be prohibited.
  • Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes.
  • On-street parking will be limited on portions of Trade Street, Church Street, Tryon Street, College Street, 5th Street and 6th Street.
  • Motorists wishing to park are encouraged to access lots by using the side street where the lot or deck is located.

Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to be alert at all times. Pedestrians will be crossing streets and walking to the Spectrum Center from parking lots, garages and the convention center. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers will be on duty at every main pedestrian intersection in this area during the event.

Pedestrians walking near work zone areas should be alert, cautious and allow extra traveling time. It is advised they cross at signalized intersections, use pedestrian walk signals where available and abide by detour signage. 

Motorists traveling through work zone areas should be alert and extra cautious. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers should double their following distance. 

For additional information about event-related traffic in Charlotte during this time, view the Street Use and Event Notice.


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