CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - With 150,000 people expected to visit Charlotte over the weekend for the NBA All-Star events, several schools in and around uptown Charlotte will be closing early on Friday to accommodate for heavy traffic and road closures.
Chantilly Montessori, Elizabeth Traditional, First Ward, Irwin Elementary and Metro School will all be dismissing students at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, February 15.
All other schools will dismiss at normal times on Friday.
There will be All-Star events at Bojangles Coliseum, Spectrum Center, Convention Center, Epicentre and the Music Factory.
“Many roads will be closed in the uptown area and heavy traffic congestion is expected during upcoming NBA All-Star activities on Friday ... and throughout the weekend,” the district’s statement said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “The primary concern areas are Independence near Bojangles’ Arena and the uptown area around the time for CMS afternoon dismissals in or near these areas.”
Interstate 277 lane closures will be suspended during NBA All-Star weekend.
ASEP, the after school care program for CMS, will continue to be offered on Friday at these schools for parents who may not be able to adjust their schedules.