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What to know about getting around uptown for ACC fan fest, championship game

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Thousands of college football fans will make their way to Bank of America Stadium in uptown Charlotte this week to see the Pittsburgh Panthers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons square off for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

The ACC title game between No. 17 Pitt and No. 18 Wake Forest kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday. The game will air on ABC.

A worker paints lines on the field at Bank of America Stadium ahead of the 2017 ACC Football Championship Game in Charlotte, NC. This year’s game will feature No. 17 Pitt and No. 18 Wake Forest on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.
A worker paints lines on the field at Bank of America Stadium ahead of the 2017 ACC Football Championship Game in Charlotte, NC. This year’s game will feature No. 17 Pitt and No. 18 Wake Forest on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.

It’s only the second meeting between the two football programs. Pitt beat Wake Forest 34-13 in Winston-Salem in 2018.

This will be the 10th time that Charlotte has hosted the game. A 2018 agreement between the ACC and Charlotte Sports Foundation will keep the game in the city through 2030.

Here’s some helpful information for fans — and non-fans — to know before kickoff:

Gameday forecast

Fans around uptown should be able to enjoy plenty of sunshine and a high near 72 degrees, according to the National Weather Service Forecast. Some clouds could roll in, and the temperature should drop into the mid-50s by kickoff.

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ACC FanFest

A FanFest will be held at Romare Bearden Park on Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fans will be able to check out other college football championship games on LED boards. Beer and food trucks will be available.

Friday’s highlights:

5 p.m.: Appearance by ACC mascots

7 p.m.: Battle of the Bands

Saturday’s highlights:

11 a.m.: Appearance by ACC mascots

4:15 p.m.: Pitt band and pep rally

4:30 p.m.: Appearance by ACC mascots

4:45: Wake Forest band and pep rally

The FanFest also will include:

Appearances by ACC Network personalities, including “The Huddle” and “Chalk Talk”

Tailgate games

Gameday merchandise sales

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Gameday road closures

Drivers should be alert for some road closures around the stadium and in uptown. Follow the Charlotte Department of Transportation on Twitter (@CharlotteDOT) and Facebook (@CLTTransportation) for updates and a link to an interactive closure map.

These roads closed Thursday:

3rd Street, between Mint and Poplar streets, until 10 p.m. Saturday

West 4th Street, right eastbound lane between South Graham and South Mint streets, until 11 p.m. Saturday

South Mint Street, left turn lane between West 4th and 3rd streets, until 11 p.m. Saturday.

The gameday closures are:

Graham and Stonewall streets, between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Church Street, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

South Mint Street, between Carson Boulevard and MLK Jr. Boulevard, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Graham Street, right southbound lane between West Trade Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard, from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Levine Avenue of the Arts, between South Church and South Tryon streets, from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

South Mint Street, between West Stonewall Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard, from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

South Mint Street, between Carson Boulevard and Morehead Street, from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

South Mint Street, right northbound lane between West Trade Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard, from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Stonewall Street, right northbound lane between West Trade Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard, from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

West 1st Street, between South Mint and South Church streets, between 3:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

West Stonewall Street, between South Mint and South Church streets, between 3:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Morehead Street, right westbound lane between South Tryon and Interstate 77, between 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

MLK King Jr. Boulevard, between South Mint Street and South Church streets, between 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

This screen capture shows road closures due to the ACC Football Championship Game, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Check the Charlotte Department of Transportation’s website for an interactive map.
This screen capture shows road closures due to the ACC Football Championship Game, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Check the Charlotte Department of Transportation’s website for an interactive map.
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