Never give up Tarheels! Despite last week’s loss to the Buccaneers, Charlotte welcomes its favorite football sons back to Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, September 16th. The Panthers will go up against the New Orleans Saints and hometown tailgaters cannot wait to fire up those grills in anticipation of a big win.
Where are the best places to park in order to absorb all of that juicy Carolina tailgate goodness? Here are a few suggestions to help any newbies or out-of-towners navigate their way through the pre-game festivities.
Around the Stadium
Parking on Bank of America Stadium property is very limited and is only available for season ticket holders. Prices range from $40 for nearby garage and outdoor lot parking to $10 for a space that might be a half mile or more from BOA. Pecan Parking (704-333-7275) is a lot with a good local reputation and it will try to accommodate people who want to be near the stadium property lots. Also, if you are planning on pitching a tent and enjoying a little barbecue and beer before the game, double check to make sure that where you have parked allows open flames and alcohol.
If you like big, bawdy, organized tailgating fun that guarantees some good-ole-boy southern atmosphere, check out The Annual Joker Smoker Home Opener hosted by Pantherfanz of Charlotte. Located at 601 South Cedar Street in Lot B3 across from the Panthers practice field, the theme this year is “New Orleans.” These are serious but friendly tailgaters, arriving at dawn with huge competition-worthy barbecues and smokers. Be prepared to be dazzled by Pantherfanz Central, the name of the tailgating village created at every home game, and the famous big black party bus.
If a walking tour of Panthers tailgating hospitality is what you seek, park in any of the lots located along Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard between South Mint Street and North College Street. Beginning at sunrise, loyal fans will arrive to set up customized, full-size grills and firepits to prepare the finest vinegar-based barbecued meats you have ever tasted. Don’t forget to sample the local microbrew adult beverages.
Advanced Parking Reservations
Preferred Parking is a great site to use to plan ahead for parking at BOA Stadium. This service offers maps, locations, prices and the ability to pay in advance to reserve a space. Take the guesswork and stress out of trying to find a parking space. This site can even help you if arriving in an oversized recreational vehicle.
To purchase parking passes for the entire season, or for just a single game, consider PSLsource. This is a fan-to-fan marketplace where you can buy and sell parking spaces, including spaces in the premiere covered parking decks in the coveted Lot 1 and Lot 99. If you need tickets as well, this site can provide full packages if you don’t mind spending a little extra cash.
Check out Tailgate Fan to keep the party going at tailgatefan.cbslocal.com.
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