CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - People think uptown is going to be congested during NBA All-Star Weekend, but with Presidents Day deals and All-Star signings in Southpark, the mall is expected to be another hotspot for traffic.
Starting Friday, there will be some major changes to traffic patterns and parking at the mall.
"It's going to be the perfect storm of chaos. It’s going to be pandemonium and it’s going to be tough,” Kevin Robinson said. He lives near the mall.
Neighbors and drivers in the area are bracing for crowds.
"With all these A-list celebrities and athletes coming in its going to be chaos,” Robinson said.
Mall employees say they’re expecting traffic and heavy congestion.
"Either way it’s going to be traffic everywhere around the city,” said Kenny Reid, who works at the mall.
Security teams plan to block off entrances using barricades and force traffic into a one-way flow.
"I think that's a bad idea because it’s going to cause even more traffic,” Reid said.
"Well, they've had two or three years to plan for this so I think it’s going to be a good idea,” Said Robinson.
Then, there’s the issue of parking, which can already be tight sometimes.
"Even on a regular day its bad, especially Christmas, and especially with that parking deck out of commission now,” said Reid.
He means the top parking deck by Nordstrom, which will become an Uber, Lyft and taxi drop off area.
While some are excited for the commotion, Robinson says he's staying in.
"Better seats on the couch,” he said.
Ready or not, the hustle and bustle of All-Star Weekend is coming.
"For people who probably don't want the All-Star and the traffic it's probably going to be a headache, but we will see."