Going to see the Panthers play at the Bank of America Stadium? While driving your own car to the game may be convenient, parking in one of the lots around the stadium will cost a whopping $40 or more, depending on the site. If you are trying to save a few bucks, most of the other lots in the surrounding neighborhoods will charge around $20 – but is it worth it if you have to walk a mile or more just to get to the stadium?
Public transportation is the smart way to travel to a Carolina Panthers game, especially if you are local and dread driving in the congested city traffic. There are several great options to get to the game in the Queen City, and most of them are a much cheaper alternative then driving your own vehicle.
The LYNX Blue Line
LYNX is the commuter train transportation system for the Charlotte metro area, with 15 stations between uptown and I-485 at South Boulevard. The trains are fast, clean and have seven free park-and-ride lots along the line. A ticket on LYNX is an affordable $3 per person, and the line drops passengers off an easy four blocks from the stadium. LYNX runs a convenient schedule and stays open late so that fans can explore after-game food and fun in the many bars and restaurants downtown.
Charlotte CATS transportation includes all of the trolleys, shuttles and buses in the metropolitan area, and serves all of the surrounding Charlotte-Mecklenburg neighborhood communities with bus services. It won’t be a quick ride, but it will be cheap and convenient, and it will drop Panther fans off very close to the stadium. CATS can accommodate bicycles, wheelchairs and baby carriages, with schedules posted throughout the city for easy access. A quick review of the Bank of America routes indicate that all buses stop at the BofA Stadium, but it is a good idea to plan your route ahead of time on the CATS website in order to minimize long rides and unnecessary tours of the city.
Game Day Taxi Service
Depending on where you are coming from, a taxi may be a good alternative to arrive at the stadium. While there are many hotels in the area that cater to the crowds for game day, not all of them offer shuttle service to the stadium. In the event that you need a ride, but don’t want to bother with public transportation, a taxi is the best solution. There are numerous taxi cab companies licensed in Charlotte, so just ask the hotel staff to call for a cab to get you to the game. However, be aware that for post-game taxi service, there is a regulated taxi cab stand located two blocks northeast of the stadium on Church Street between First and Stonewall streets. Proceed to this stand and wait in line for service to your next destination
Tour Bus Parking
Private bus companies are welcome to park at Bank of America Stadium, but be forewarned that all bus parking is regulated through ParkIt! Charter Bus Parking and permits must be pre-arranged at least two weeks ahead of time. Contact the ParkIt! office at (704) 375-3177 for more information. In the event that a permit is not obtained ahead of time, there is still an opportunity to purchase one on site on game day for $40, cash only. Early permit holders have first access to the best parking places, so it wise to make arrangements ahead of time.
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