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Getting to the big game: Fans, officials talk transportation

In a matter of hours, Panthers fans will make their way toward Bank of America Stadium in hopes of seeing their Carolina squad take down the Seattle Seahawks. (Source:WBTV) In a matter of hours, Panthers fans will make their way toward Bank of America Stadium in hopes of seeing their Carolina squad take down the Seattle Seahawks. (Source:WBTV)
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In a matter of hours, Panthers fans will make their way toward Bank of America Stadium in hopes of seeing their Carolina squad take down the Seattle Seahawks. The game is set to kickoff at 1:05 p.m. It’s the Panthers first matchup of the postseason.

Parking in many of the lots near the stadium is expected to be pricey. However, fans have plenty of options when it comes to transportation.

“My wife is going to Uber down and join us along with a bunch of other friends of mine," said Panthers fan Daniel Sarjeant in an interview Saturday.

Sarjeant said he knows several people who frequently make trips to the games.

I got friends who will ride the light rail down if they live on that side of town. I’ve got friends who live up at the lake who will drive down,” he explained.

Some fans said they would avoid the parking predicament near the stadium.

"We have friends right up here in town so we'll be walking to the game," said fan Chris Kwansy.

Kwansy’s friend, Scott Allen, said he thought many people would utilize transportation companies like Uber. Uber Charlotte announced Friday that they would be giving fans $10 off rides to and from the stadium with the use of the promo code, KEEPPOUNDING.

Ashley Elliott, Senior Marketing Specialist with Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) , said extra light rail trains will be running Sunday to manage the crowds traveling for the game.

"Make sure you that you arrive early. Get there in plenty of time just to make sure that you arrive on time," said Elliott in a phone interview Saturday.

Rudolph Kirkpatrick, Diamond Cab Company General Manager, said his Charlotte taxi service would also be looking to capitalize on the game day traffic. 

"That's what these drivers really live for-these big events like the basketball games, the football games, it brings in a lot of revenue for them," Kirkpatrick explained.

He warned that fans need to be strategic about requesting a cab to or from the game.

"Set a point for a driver to pick you up, because if you ask to get too close to the stadium, it takes you longer to get out," he explained.

Kirkpatrick said some cab drivers avoid getting too close to the stadium because they don’t want to get caught in heavy traffic.

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