Charlotte Stories and Tips

Ok..I Have Tickets...Where Do I Go? Pt. 2

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Concert venues

While there isn’t a lot of confusion when it comes to concert venues, I have know a couple of people in the summer months to show up at Verizon wireless thinking since it was warm the show would be outside only to find they should be 20 minutes away at the Bobcats arena. I have also an alternative name listed in parentheses as that is what it may be known to other people since these places often change names.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Blockbuster Pavilion )
From about March until around October, concert fans can enjoy the sounds of their favorite performers under the Carolina skies at Verizon Wireless and some still know it as its former name Blockbuster Pavilion. The venue is a combination of canopy covered seats as well as an open lawn where around 19, 500 fans can bake out on a blanket or their favorite lawn chair. The covered area is reserved seating and lawn seat is general admission and you can get these seats for as little as $20 pp. They have some seating that is part of lawn seating where you can actually see better than the back reserved seats. They have had some great shows over the years here and I have seen such great acts like Tina Turner, The Beach Boys, Boston, Elton John, Anita Baker, and one combo of Chicago, Earth, Wind, Fire, and Kool and The Gang.

Parking The venue does have its own parking and parking is included in the price of your ticket. You can purchase VIP parking passes which will get you close to the building. Just make sure you don’t park at the nearby movie theater or you may come back out to find your car gone.

Dining options As far as walking distance, there is nothing nearby. The closest restruants are only fast food places. But you’re close to the university area as well as the Concord Mills area. Here you will find tons of dining options from local favorites, all the favorite fast food places, and everyone favorite chains.

What your ticket will say: Verizon Wireless 707 Pavilion Blvd.

Time Warner Cable Arena (Bobcats arena)

Quite frankly I can’t think of anyone who calls this anything other than Bobcats arena or snidely as the Uptown arena given Charlottes penance for coliseums. Now I have a whole dissertation on Charlotte and its sports arenas. Three years ago the Bobcats area was built to replace the new coliseum that was less than 20 years old. At the time we had the Charlotte Hornets (now New Orleans has them) and the powers to be were greedy and wanted a coliseum with more VIP boxes and hence we got the Bobcats arena. This is home to the team, the Charlotte Checkers, and often concerts. The venue accommodates up to around 18,200 music lovers. Now I have no idea when they built this place they didn’t build it bigger to have a bigger place for concerts. Despite Charlotte’s size, it is often overlooked as a concert arena for bigger shows. Bigger performers often overlook Charlotte for the Greensboro Coliseum (23,000) and The RBC Center in Raleigh (19,500). And the really big shows go to Atlanta (like Tina Turner). But hey when it comes to Broadway we still get the big shows!

Parking . There is parking at the arena and next door at the Bank of American parking lot as well as numerous places though the uptown area and it is near the light rail station as well. Now I have never seen a concert here, but when we get tickets to the Checkers we are able to pre pay for parking.

Dining options This is in the uptown Charlotte so dining options abound from every taste and to fit ever budget. Just see my Blumenthal entry for information.

What your ticket should say: Time Warner Cable Arena 333 E. Trade St.

So there you go. Next time you’re going to a show just look at your ticket before you head out. It will save you from missing part of your favorite show.

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