BBB warns Panthers fans about towing, booting uptown



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - This weekend, more than 100,000 people will heading to uptown Charlotte for the Panthers playoff game against the 49ers, and to watch the game and enjoy the festive atmosphere in bars, restaurants and clubs in Charlotte's trendiest areas.

The Better Business Bureau has the following advice to keep your vehicle safe from towing:

-Do not park illegally, even for a brief period of time. There are plenty of parking lots in and around uptown Charlotte where you can park legally.

-Pay to park in a lot where you know your vehicle will be legally parked. It's worth paying $10, $20 or even $40 to park, instead of taking a risk by parking on a side street or a lot where the business is closed, just to save money.

-Look for towing signs in the parking lot and read them carefully. Even if there is only one parking lot for a shopping center, there may be designated spaces for each business.

-Take public transportation to uptown. Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has multiple free parking lots along the Lynx Blue Line route where you can park and take the Light Rail to the stadium, uptown or South End.