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Bobcats game brings students, 300 buses into uptown Thursday

Those who work in Charlotte’s Center City will share the uptown area with an extra 16,000 students and 300 school buses Thursday.

The Charlotte Bobcats will host their annual Cool School Field Trip, and that will mean traffic and parking challenges for anyone venturing into the uptown area.

The Bobcats’ preseason game is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena, but the eighth-grade students and buses will begin arriving about 9 a.m., city transportation officials say. The congestion is expected to continue until about 2:30 or 3 p.m.

Eighth grade students with good academic and behavior records are invited annually to attend the game.

In the past, the extra bus traffic has caused heavy congestion near the end of the morning commute.

Linda Durrett, of the Charlotte Department of Transportation, says on-street parking will be very limited in a corridor bordered by Fifth, College, Ninth and McDowell streets.

In addition, she said, there will be parking restrictions in the area bordered by Brevard, Fourth and McDowell streets and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Motorists also are reminded that there will be large numbers of students walking on city streets.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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