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Heavy Traffic Expected During CIAA Tournament Uptown

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 21, 2014

Contact: Linda Durrett, CDOT Communications and Public Relations Manager
704-336-3902 or

Heavy Traffic Expected During CIAA Tournament Uptown

Charlotte, NC—The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament begins Tuesday, February 25 and runs through Saturday, March 1 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Events will also be held at the convention center. The heaviest attendance is expected on Friday and Saturday. Heavy Uptown pedestrian and motorist traffic is expected during the evenings Thursday through Saturday. 

Motorists are to be advised of the following:

  • There are no planned street closures, but sporadic closures of Fifth Street near the Arena 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 Sixth streets.
  • On Friday and Saturday, motorist turns from College Street and Tryon Street between Stonewall and Ninth 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, Fifth Street and Sixth Street.
  • Motorists wishing to park are encouraged to access lots by using the side street where the lot or deck is located.

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

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 more information about traffic management for this event, contact Joe Yanicak, CDOT Arena Events Coordinator, at 704-336-5531 or


For more information about CDOT, contact Linda Durrett, CDOT Communications and Public Relations Manager, 704-336-3902 or