Charlotte officials are expecting crowds of Carolina Panthers fans at uptown bars during Sunday’s Super Bowl and are ramping up transportation and traffic control services.
The Panthers and Denver Broncos kick off at 6:30 p.m., and officials expect crowds to start building by midafternoon. Charlotte Center City Partners encouraged fans to gather uptown at bars in places like the EpiCentre and the NC Music Factory, where every television will be tuned to the game.
To handle crowds, the Lynx Blue Line will increase the number of trains it runs before and after the game. Officials encourage fans to park at one of seven Lynx park-and-ride lots along the Blue Line. Service will run through the normal end time at 12:30 a.m. Monday.
The city also plans to run CATS buses on the normal Sunday schedule. Officials urge riders to use park-and-ride lots and be patient. Only exact fares will be accepted on buses. Passes can be used on trains and buses.
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Charlotte’s transportation department will manage traffic for the Super Run 4-Miler that starts at 9 a.m. Sunday on South Mint Street outside Bank of America Stadium. The route will use parts of South Mint, West Stonewall, McDowell, East Morehead, South Cedar, West Fifth and South Graham streets.
The city’s Traffic Management Center will monitor traffic and, if need be, close streets if foot traffic gets heavy.
ParkIt! staffers will drape bags over parking meters – starting 6 p.m. Friday – through the weekend on College and Tryon streets between Hill and 11th streets and on Church Street between Hill and Seventh streets.