Welcome to Charlotte, North Carolina, the Queen City, home to the 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. During your time in Charlotte, we hope that you will take advantage of the infinite number of things to do. From its world class dining and shopping to historic attractions and nightlife options, there is something for everyone. Let this Fan Guide be your resource to get out and enjoy all that Charlotte has to offer!
DR PEPPER FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL EVENTS As another exciting Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game approaches, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of special events over the course of the weekend. The festivities kick off on Thursday night with Charlotte’s Annual Uptown Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event, which is free to the public, will include appearances by all 14 ACC mascots. The fun continues Friday night with the ACC Night of Legends presented by the Belk Bowl. The ticketed event available to the public, will honor former ACC greats and 2013 ACC football award winners during a reception and dinner at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Gameday will bring a new level of excitement to ACC Football Championship weekend, starting with the ACC Championship Chase 5K presented by Harris Teeter. The day continues with ACC FanFest presented by AT&T. This pregame destination, free and open to the public, will feature everything you need to get ready for the big game. From hospitality, food and beverages to interactive games, pep rallies, autograph signings and much more. ACC FanFest will be highlighted by a free concert featuring Rodney Atkins and Sara Evans. Come out and be part of the exciting 48-hour celebration surrounding the 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.
2013 DR PEPPER ACC FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2013 Dr Pepper
Football Championship Game
Thursday, December 5 • 5:30 p.m. Uptown Tree Lighting Ceremony • The Square (corner of Trade & Tryon Streets) The City of Charlotte kicks off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting ceremony, with ACC mascots appearing. Special recognition will be given to the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.
Friday, December 6 • 6:00-9:00 p.m. ACC Night of Legends • Grand Ballroom, Charlotte Convention Center Presented by the Belk Bowl Tickets: $85, available through theACC.com. This reception and dinner event honors Legends from each ACC institution and 2013 ACC Football award winners. The event embodies the true spirit of ACC Football as well as provides fans with the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in college football.
Friday, December 6 • 7:00-11:00 p.m. ACC Fan Central @ Epicentre • Epicentre Entertainment Complex Join in the excitement of the biggest Uptown party during the ACC Championship Weekend.
Saturday, December 7 • 8 a.m. ACC Championship Chase 5K • South Tryon (between 3rd & MLK Streets) Presented by Harris Teeter The official kickoff of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship day festivities with school mascots and cheerleaders. See if you can outrun and outlast your school’s biggest rivals! Afterwards, enjoy a post-race party at the finish line. Registration information is on ACC5k.com. Race proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project.
Saturday, December 7 • 12 noon-7:00 p.m. ACC FanFest Presented by AT&T The biggest party on Championship Weekend! ACC FanFest is the ultimate pregame destination with interactive games, ACC mascots, pep rallies, food and beverage, autograph signings, game merchandise, ACC Corporate Champion attractions and general family fun! Free concert by Rodney Atkins and Sara Evans will highlight the festivities. Admission is free to the public.
Saturday, December 7 • Primetime Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Bank of America Stadium, ABC or ESPN Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
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The Biggest Party On Championship Weekend!
Get ready for ACC FanFest Presented by AT&T. This will be one of the biggest events of the weekend. ACC FanFest will encompass a large area of interactive games, team bands, mascots, pep rallies, Corporate Champion attractions and giveaways, food, beverages, autograph opportunities with ACC Legends and live music all day long!
ACC FanFest is scheduled to start on Saturday at 12 Noon and will run until 7pm. All activities take place outdoors (rain or shine) adjacent to Bank of America Stadium along Mint and Graham Streets. Two very special musical acts highlight the day as Rodney Atkins & Sara Evans will be playing FREE shows for ACC fans!
RODNEY ATKINS & SARA EVANS RODNEY ATKINS
Tentative Event Schedule SUBJECT TO CHANGE 12:00 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ACC FanFest presented by AT&T - gates open 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Live Music @ Dr Pepper Stage 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ACC Mascots Game @ Dr Pepper Field 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sara Evans Concert @ Dr Pepper Stage 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ACC Football Legends Autograph Sessions @ ACC Digital Lounge 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Atlantic Team Pep Rally at Dr Pepper Field 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coastal Team Pep Rally at Dr Pepper Field 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rodney Atkins Concert @ Dr Pepper Stage For updated information visit theACC.com.
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UPTOWN CHARLOTTE MAP 2013 DR PEPPER ACC FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP N
N TRYON STREET
Charlotte Marriott City Center
Blumenthal Performing Arts
Bank of America Corporate Center
S TRYON STREET
STREET ARENA STATION
EpiCentre FAN CENTRAL
Duke Energy Center
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture
Mint Museum Uptown
Levine Av of the Arts
The Knight Theater & Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Hilton Charlotte Center City
S W FIRST STREET
E THIRD STREET
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD
Detailed CLT Uptown @ simpsonmaps.com
3RD ST STATION
W THIRD ST
Time Warner Cable Arena
Atlantic Band Hotel Hilton Charlotte Center City
BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM
Omni Charlotte Hotel
Coastal Band Hotel Holiday Inn Center City
E SIXTH STREET
TH FI F
Holiday Inn Center City LYNX
Coastal Team / Alumni Headquarters Charlotte Marriott City Center
Atlantic W FIFTH Team STREET / Alumni Headquarters Omni Charlotte Hotel
E SIXTH STREET
7TH ST STATION
LEGEND W SIXTH ACC HEADQUARTERS Westin Charlotte
E SEVENTH STREET
W SEVENTH STREET
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DIRECTIONS & PARKING DIRECTIONS TO STADIUM
I-85 from the South - Look for signs to exit at either Billy Graham Parkway, Freedom Drive, Brookshire Freeway (I-277 East) or I-77 South.
There are more than 30,000 parking spaces within tenfifteen minute walk of the stadium. For detailed parking information, please visit preferredparking.com.
I-85 from the North - Look for signs to exit at either Sugar Creek Road, Graham Street, Statesville Avenue or I-77 South.
I-77 from the South - Look for signs to exit at either John Belk Freeway (I-277) or Trade Street. I-77 from the North - Look for signs to exit at either Brookshire Freeway (I-277 East), Fifth Street, Trade Street, Morehead Street or John Belk Freeway (I-277). Independence Boulevard (US 74) from the East - Follow signs for John Belk Freeway (I-277) and exit at either Sixth Street, Fourth Street, Stonewall Street or South Boulevard. Airport - Follow Josh Birmingham Parkway 1.5 miles to Billy Graham Parkway South. Proceed on Billy Graham to I-77 North. Look for signs to exit at either John Belk Freeway (I-277) or Trade Street.
PARKING FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES Bank of America Stadium does not have reserved handicap parking on stadium grounds, but it has a limited number of spaces allocated for accessible parking in the Mint Street parking facility directly across the street from the North Gate. Please call (704) 3587800 for more information or to pre-purchase a space. For those with disabilities desiring a drop off point close to the stadium, there will be a lane in west bound Morehead Street as it approaches Mint Street that will be open to vehicles with handicap placards. It will be marked by orange cones. There is a curb cut at the corner and two driveway cuts along Morehead Street for wheelchair access. A map showing the drop off location is available at theACC.com. To get to the stadium from the drop off simply go to the corner of Mint Street and Morehead Street. Proceed to the right on Mint Street and go under the highway overpass for I-277. The stadium grounds will be on your left after you pass under the overpass. Your ticket will indicate the gate closest to your seat, but you may enter at any gate. Post game traffic can be very heavy and if the driver is parked in an area to the north of the stadium accessing the handicap lane for pick up can be very time consuming.
For information, including cost and location, contact EZ Parking at 704-376-5559.
LYNX The LYNX Blue Line offers fast, quiet, convenient light-rail service between Uptown Charlotte and I-485 at South Boulevard. Parking is available at seven park and ride lots along the line. Stops at the Carson, Stonewall and Convention Center stations put you within blocks of the stadium.
TAILGATING GUIDELINES Tailgating activities can create special risks to public safety due to the use of multiple open-flame cooking devices in close proximity to people, vehicles, buildings, structures and combustible vegetation. These guidelines are established to provide a set of minimum safety measures to be followed by persons wishing to engage in such activities. + Open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated within 25 feet of any building or structure and not within 10 feet of any motor vehicle. + A minimum clearance of 10 feet shall be maintained between any open-flame cooking device and dry vegetation, combustible materials, trash dumpsters or receptacles, or in close proximity to anything that can create a fire hazard. + Any parking area or lot being used for parking and tailgating activities shall be provided with metal containers for the safe disposal of coals, cinders or hot ashes. Containers shall be clearly labeled “For Coal and Ash Disposal Only.” Any other trash receptacle or container shall not be used for such purpose. + Every effort shall be made to ensure that any coals or cinders are extinguished prior to disposal. + Open-flame cooking devices shall be attended at all times and shall not be used in parking decks or in any manner that will impede pedestrian or vehicle traffic. Any other type of outdoors burning or open fire, which is not part of a cooking device, is strictly prohibited.
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POLICIES AND INFORMATION ALCOHOL POLICY
Alcohol will only be sold on the Club Level and is not permitted to leave the Club Level. Fans who consume alcohol are encouraged to drink responsibly. Patrons who attempt to bring their own alcohol into the stadium or who are obviously intoxicated will not be admitted into the stadium. All alcohol sales require a picture ID as proof of age. You must be at least 21-years-old to purchase alcohol. Only two beers will be sold at any one purchase per person.
Small still cameras are permitted in the stadium. Small video cameras are not permitted. Tripods or any other similar equipment that could be a tripping hazard are also not allowed.
BANNERS The Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship may allow a limited number of banners, subject to stadium management approval. In addition, stadium management reserves the right to prohibit banners due to space availability, banner size or message content. Banners should be football-related.
BEHAVIOR POLICY To ensure that all patrons have a pleasant game-day experience, each patron should act responsibly and be considerate of others. Ticket holders should also be sensitive to the behavior of their guests. Irresponsible conduct will not be tolerated at Bank of America Stadium. Unruly patrons will be subject to ejection, arrest and possible loss of ticket privileges. This policy applies to all employees, their subcontractors, stadium visitors and ticketed patrons. Rules of conduct are printed on the back of each ticket.
CHILDREN Bank of America Stadium was designed for fans of all ages. Please note that every child over the age of 12 months is required to have a game ticket to enter the stadium. Any child under the age of 12 months admitted without a ticket must share a seat with an accompanying adult. Adults can register children for the Tag-A-Kid Program at any of the 100 level concourse Guest Relations Booths.
FAN TEXT NUMBER To report unruly behavior or request assistance, contact the nearest member of the stadium staff, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department or contact security anonymously by texting your message to 704-GET-HELP (704-438-4357).
FIRST AID In the event of a medical emergency, please notify one of the event staff or police officers in your area. Carolinas Medical Center emergency care stations are located on the 100 level across from sections 109-110 and 133-134, on the 300 level across from suite 310A, and on the 500 level across from sections 511-512 and 543544. Registered nurses, doctors and paramedic units are on duty.
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GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES The three stadium entrance gates (North, East and South) are equipped for accommodating guests with disabilities. If you have a bag subject to inspection, proceed to the extreme right or extreme left side at the North and East gates or to the extreme right side at the South gate as you enter the stadium, and a stadium employee will assist you. If you do not have a bag, proceed to the middle of any gate, and a stadium employee will assist you. Once inside the stadium, Guest Relations Booths can help you or answer any questions. Wheelchairs are available at Guest Relations Booths but are only available to escort you to your seat. If you need a wheelchair throughout the game, please bring one with you. Headsets and receivers for multi-channel LPB Radio-Aide and Closed Captioning devices are available for no charge at the Guest Relations Booth on the 100 level at the North Gate. Either a driver license or credit card will be required as a deposit.
+ Strollers + Umbrellas + Video equipment + Weapons of any kind, including those carried with a permit + Other items that in the judgment of stadium management pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of an event by other patrons. Prohibited items that are discovered during security inspections at the stadium entrances must be either returned to the owner’s vehicle or discarded. Unlawful items that are discovered during security inspections are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of those items may be denied entrance into the stadium and is subject to arrest. Any prohibited item discovered inside the stadium is subject to confiscation. Fans are encouraged not to bring any bags or items that need inspection as our goal is to get all patrons in the stadium as quickly as possible.
For guests with disabilities who have seats on the 300, 400 or 500 levels, elevators are available for them and their immediate party. Elevators are located at the North, East and South gates.
RADIO AND TV POLICY
LOST AND FOUND
Reports of lost and found items should be made at any Guest Relations Booth. Please call the lost and found information line at 704-358-7492 to inquire about lost items.
Persons leaving the stadium will not be allowed to reenter.
All patrons and their belongings may be searched upon entry into the stadium, and prohibited items may be confiscated. Security screening includes hand-held metal-detecting wands. By tendering a ticket and entering the stadium, fans consent to such searches and waive any related claims that they might have against the ACC, the game organizers, their affiliates and stadium landlord, or their agents. If individuals elect not to consent to the searches, they will be denied entry into the Stadium.
PROHIBITED ITEMS To ensure that all fans have a safe and enjoyable visit to Bank of America Stadium, the following items are not permitted in the stadium: + Alcoholic beverages + All balls, including footballs of any size + Baby seats + Bags larger than 8” x 10” x 14” + Balloons + Coolers or containers, including cans and bottles + Explosives + Fireworks + Folding chairs + Food and beverages, except two (2) sealed plastic nonflavored water bottles per person + Horns, bells, whistles and other noise makers + Illegal drugs + Laptops + Laser pointers + Pets, except service animals assisting those with disabilities
You may bring a small portable radio or television with you to the stadium as long as you listen with an earpiece or headphones.
Only service animals for guests with disabilities are allowed in the stadium. Smoking is prohibited in the seating bowl and all areas of the stadium. Fans who fail to comply with this policy after the appropriate warning will be ejected from the stadium.
STADIUM GATES There are three main gates to Bank of America Stadium: + North Gate - located off Graham Street + East Gate - located off Mint Street + South Gate - located off Morehead Street Stadium gates normally open two hours prior to kickoff. All entrances comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and are equipped to accommodate guests with disabilities.
TAG-A-KID PROGRAM All guests who would like to register their child for the Tag-A-Kid Program may do so at any of the 100 level concourse Guest Relations Booths. The child will receive a wristband with his/her seat location. If the child becomes lost, the wristband will give an event staff employee or police officer the necessary information to escort the child back to his/her seat. If a parent is not there, the child will be taken to the Public Safety Office.
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Celebrate Atlantic Coast Conference Football Excellence at the 2013
NIGHT OF LEGENDS PRESENTED BY
The ACC Night of Legends will take place at the Charlotte Convention Center beginning with a reception at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm on December 6, 2013.
In addition, the ACC will recognize the coach of the year and player awards for the 2013 season, including Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.
Tickets can be purchased at the ACC.com for $85.00. The Class of 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Legends will be honored.
ACC Football Legends Class of 2013 NAME
HOMETOWN (CURRENT RESIDENCE)
Mike Cloud Terry Kinard Wes Chesson Jamie Dukes Robert Lavette Boomer Esiason Edgerrin James Ken Willard Dave Buckey Don Buckey Johnny Majors Floyd Little Tom Scott Andre` Davis Jay Venuto
Boston College Clemson Duke Florida State Georgia Tech Maryland Miami North Carolina NC State NC State Pittsburgh Syracuse Virginia Virginia Tech Wake Forest
1995-98 1979-82 1968-70 1982-85 1981-84 1981-83 1996-98 1962-64 1972-75 1972-75 1973-76; 1993-96 1964-66 1950-52 1998-01 1979-80
Running Back Safety Halfback, End Guard Tailback Quarterback Running Back Fullback Quarterback Wide Receiver Head Coach Halfback Defensive End Wide Receiver Quarterback
Portsmouth, R.I. (Rockwall, Texas) Sumter, S.C. (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) Edenton, N.C. (Raleigh, N.C.) Orlando, Fla. (Atlanta, Ga.) Cartersville, Ga. (Austell, Ga.) East Islip, N.Y. (Plandome, N.Y.) Immokalee, Fla. (Miami, Fla.) Richmond, Va. (Midlothian, Va.) Akron, Ohio (Raleigh, N.C.) Akron, Ohio (Raleigh, N.C.) Lynchburg, Tenn. (Knoxville, Tenn.) New Haven, Conn.(Syracuse, N.Y.) Baltimore, Md. (Charlottesville, Va.) Niskayuna, N.Y. (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Salem, N.J. (Newfield, N.Y.)
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ABOUT THE QUEEN CITY Distinctly cosmopolitan but with definite small town appeal, Charlotte’s special blend of liveliness is an unexpected mix. Known as the Queen City, it lives up to its royal moniker with rich history, a vibrant arts and music scene and regal southern hospitality.
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Explore the NASCAR Hall of Fame for high octane adventures that encompass racing simulators, pit crew challenges and memorabilia that gives you an insider’s look at the sport’s need for speed. For thrill seekers, there may be a chill in the air, but hiking, biking and zip-lining experiences at the U.S. National Whitewater Center will warm you up at this outdoorsman’s paradise. One of the most beloved and visited science centers in the Southeast, Discovery Place engages visitors with interactive features like an aquarium, hands-on lab stations, and a 3-D theatre.
Menus are bursting with invigorating concepts, regional favorites done right like BBQ and fried pickles, and countless hotspots serving upscale elegance and local flavor. The new 7th Street Public Market modeled after cities like Seattle and San Francisco, touts local delicacies, produce and hand-crafted fare sure to tempt taste buds. As for nightlife, venues with everything from boisterous bluegrass to sophisticated wine lists are ideal ways to unwind after a day of exploring. Don’t miss the after-five happenings at the EpiCentre and NC Music Factory. More than a dozen dining and nightlife options at each of these destinations make them the hottest places to see and be seen.
WHERE HIGH ART REIGNS For culture mavens, the Levine Center for the Arts dazzles. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art brims with gems by notables such as Picasso and Warhol with a stately terra cotta-tiled façade that’s a work of art itself. Closeby, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture hosts permanent and traveling works by prominent African-Americans. Across the street, the Mint Museum Uptown impresses with its premier Contemporary, American, and Craft + Design collections and major traveling exhibitions. Meanwhile just five blocks away, Levine Museum of the New South illustrates Charlotte’s rich history with exhibits like the awardwinning “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers.”
Be sure to venture to the Visitor Info Center at Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tryon Streets, which is chock full of helpful resources and knowledgeable staff. Find out more about Charlotte by calling 1-800-231-4636 or visiting to charlottesgotalot.com.
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Charlotte Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization, runs the Belk Bowl and serves as the local organizing committee for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Will Webb serves as the Executive Director for the LOC. The Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, in its ninth year, will be played in Charlotte December 7th. The winner of the championship earns the ACC bid to play in the Discover Orange Bowl, if not selected for the BCS National Championship Game. The 2013 Belk Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 28th at 3:20 pm. It features a matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletic Conference. Fans can visit the local organizing committee’s official website, CharlotteSports.org and the official bowl website, BelkBowl.com for more information about the games and surrounding events.
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