• Threat of violence forces cancellation of events in uptown

    By: Blaine Tolison

    Updated:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Even though the protests in uptown Thursday night were not violent, businesses are still taking precautions.

    Protests, and just the threat of violence, have affected several events scheduled for Friday night and into the weekend.

    Plaza-Midwood's Food Truck Friday has been canceled and the Charlotte Knights Family Movie Night, which was also slated for Friday, is also canceled.

    The team issued a statement notifying fans, saying that due to a rise in tensions in Charlotte over the last 48 hours the team and its sponsor agreed to cancel the event.

    The Knights said they will be releasing a new schedule soon.

    In uptown, the American Heart Association canceled a major fundraising walk planned for Saturday. The Charlotte Heart Walk typically brings more than 15,000 people into uptown.

    It was scheduled for Saturday morning at First Ward Park. On Thursday, the organization said the safety of its walkers and volunteers is paramount, and that the event was canceled.

    It is unclear if it will be rescheduled.

    The Jeanne Robertson performance scheduled for Friday night at Knight Theater at Levine Center has also been rescheduled. It will be held instead on Friday, Nov. 18.

    Channel 9 was told that current ticket holders will automatically receive tickets for the new date. If you have any questions about the event you're asked to call 704-372-1000.

    Perhaps the most attended event of the weekend will be the Panthers game, as they take on the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium. The game, at the moment, will not be affected.

    Other events impacted:

    • The "I Love the 90s" concert at the Spectrum Center (formerly Time Warner Cable Arena) will be moved to Dec. 4.
    • The Ben Rector concert scheduled for Friday has been rescheduled to Oct. 17 at The Fillmore Charlotte.
    • Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Mooresville Friday night but that event is canceled.

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