A Friday afternoon festival celebrating the opening of Charlottes new baseball park will launch a busy 36-hour period of sports-related activities in uptown.
Fridays events will have a party theme.
Saturdays could cause some challenges for motorists.
The Opening Day Festival at Romare Bearden Park begins at noon, about seven hours before the first pitch at nearby BB&T Ballpark between the Charlotte Knights and Norfolk Tides.
The festival is family-themed, featuring live music, magicians and more. Knights players will be on hand to sign autographs.
The Carolina Panthers PURRcussion team will launch activities at 11:55 a.m. The autograph session is at 12:30 p.m. Three separate bands are scheduled to perform during the afternoon.
Gates to the stadium open at 5 p.m. The sold-out game at 7:05 p.m. and subsequent fireworks display will bring more than 10,000 people to the west side of uptown.
The activity and potential traffic challenge really increases Saturday night, when uptown will host three sports events.
Top bicyclists will compete from 5 to 9 p.m. in the annual Novant Healthcare Criterium on uptown streets. There will also be a Charlotte Bobcats game at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena and a 7:05 p.m. Charlotte Knights game at BB&T Ballpark.
A number of uptown streets will be closed Saturday, so fans headed to the baseball or basketball games are asked to plan their routes before coming uptown or take light rail or buses.
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