2 games in uptown Friday may cause traffic confusion

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

The Carolina Panthers take the field Friday night for the first time this season and some people think it could be traffic nightmare.

That's because that's not the only game happening in uptown -- the Charlotte Knights play at noon Friday.

Friday won't feel like a regular work day in uptown Charlotte.

Thousands are expected to pack into the area to watch the games that will be held within just hours of each other at two different stadiums.

Some are predicting a traffic catastrophe because of the limited parking.

"You've got the monthly parkers. You got the baseball game and you've got the Panthers game and you've got avid fans who want to tailgate" said Rich Cooper, parking attendant.

The Knights pushed up their game time to noon to help ease the traffic congestion.

The Panthers will kick off their preseason opener one block away at 7:30 p.m.

Some of the parking woes can be blamed on all the construction surrounding the stadiums. An old parking lot across from BB&T Ballpark is now being transformed into luxury apartments.

Attendants said people could pay up to $30 dollars or more to park as a result of the added traffic congestion and limited parking. Channel 9 found some parking attendants charging $40 Friday afternoon.