CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The NBA All-Star game at the Spectrum Center is causing some major changes for those who use the LYNX Blue line and the CATS Transit Center.
Starting Friday morning the transit center will temporarily move to a parking lot across from 7th Street Station. Officials say the move was necessary for security.
CATS officials say they are prepared for foul weather. Tents, lights, bathrooms and heaters have been brought in.
On a normal weekend about 50,000 riders use the transit center, but with the All-Star Game in town CATS officials say that number could rise with the amount of people visiting from out of town. They plan to increase security.
“We are going to have the same level that we would have at CTC and then we are going to up that even more. Folks can come here it’s going to be very safe and well lit. There will be law enforcement all around,” said Krystel Green, Public Relations Manager for CATS.
For those who use light rail and are planning to head Uptown. CATS says everyone will be asked to get off at the 3rd and 7th street stations for a security sweep. If you don’t have any bags with you, or if your bag is clear, you will be allowed to board again.
CATS officials say if you bring bags you will be asked to board at another station away from the Spectrum Center.
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