Parking in Charlotte during a concert can be hell. If you don’t arrive early enough, you can spend hours looking for a decent spot. Unless you have VIP tickets and can drive straight to the venue’s front entrance, you usually have to factor parking spot hunting into your agenda.
And you’ve gotta be careful, because a lot of places will not let you park your car in their lot. You can’t just drive up to a building with an empty lot next to the venue and park your car there all night. If you park in an unauthorized space, you’re likely to get towed. And then you’re stuck trying to figure out how you can get your vehicle back from the towing company that took it.
There are some workarounds though. Finding a free or cheap spot near a concert venue doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it’s pretty easy with these 5 tips.
1. Go out to eat first. If you’re going to a concert in uptown Charlotte, a lot of the restaurants in the area will validate your parking ticket. Go out to eat and park in the restaurant’s parking lot or deck. Make sure you get your parking ticket validated by the hostess. When the concert is over, all you have to do is show your validated ticket to the parking attendant.
2. Park at a friend’s house near the venue and walk. If you know someone who lives near the concert venue, arrange to pregame at their place. Then you can walk to the concert and get there just in time to see the opening act.
3. Take the light rail. This works out great if the concert is somewhere in SouthEnd, near the light rail station. You can park your car there and take the light rail to the venue.
4. Take the bus. If you live near a bus stop, this means you won’t have to worry about parking at all.
5. Ride-share. Ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber offer affordable transportation solutions. Arrange a ride with a group of friends and split the fare between everyone. It’s not free, but it is a cheap way to get to and from a concert. And if no one’s driving, then no one has to worry about drinking.
There you have it. Five easy ways to keep your transportation costs low when going to a concert in the queen city.