Security stepped up ahead of NBA All-Star Weekend

Millions of eyes will be on the Queen City this weekend as Charlotte takes a slam dunk-- playing host to NBA All-Star Weekend.

"It's going to be great for the city," said NBA Fan Kenneth Atkinson.

150,000 people are expected to travel to the Queen City to watch their favorite NBA players take the court.

"I think it's awesome," said NBA Fan Courtney Hill.

"It's going to be good here, you know," said NBA Fan Robert Burgess.  "More money, more people, more celebrities."

Safety and security are at the forefront.

"Our security for our citizens and residents is paramount," said CMPD Lt. Brad Koch.  "We are going to have a significant number of officers Uptown here to make sure everyone is safe."

The Fire Prevention Bureau has been working to inspect different facilities hosting events to prevent overcrowding dangers.

Roads will begin closing Thursday evening and scooters and bikes will also be prohibited in the immediate areas surrounding the Spectrum Center.

"This event will be unlike anything our city has seen in terms of number of people," said Lt. Koch.  "This will significantly impact traffic late Thursday as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday."

Police are asking if you plan on attending any of the sanctioned events that you bring a clear plastic bag instead of a purse.  Make sure it meets the measurements and requirements specified online—or you won’t be able to get in.

"As much as it would be an inconvenience to turn  round and go back home or back to their cars, we can't jeopardize the safety of everyone downtown," said Lt. Koch.

For more specifics involving security measures and what you can and cannot bring to the All-Star events, click here