Game-Day Football Parking and Traffic

Because Jerry Richardson Stadium is located on campus, the parking management strategy is designed to make the game-day experience enjoyable and safe for everyone.

Football Parking Map
Click map to enlarge. Click here for parking options.

General parking and traffic information:

  • The campus will experience high traffic, restricted parking, and restrained movement for all six football home games (Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 11, Nov. 25). Allow extra time to exit or enter campus from four hours before kick-off until an hour after the game ends.
  • The only campus entrances/exits open for general usage on game day will be the main entrance off University City Blvd. (Hwy. 49) and the entrance at John Kirk Drive and Van Landingham Road (see map).
  • All other entrances will be restricted to ticket holders with game-day parking passes. The passes direct ticket holders to where they must enter campus.  
  • On the Monday prior to gameday, signs will be placed in all tailgating lots and parking decks as notification that those lots and decks are closed and must be vacated. Vehicles parked in lots designated for Football parking after midnight before a game day will be towed at owner’s expense.
  • Virtual parking permits will not be valid in any parking deck or lot assigned to football parking on game days.
    • Reserved spaces located in game-day parking lots will also be unavailable on game days.
    • Faculty/staff permits will be limited to parking in East Deck 1 (if you purchased premium “gated” area access with your permit), East Deck 2, East Deck 3, and South Village Deck.
    • A specific permit from Parking and Transportation Services is required for any University-owned vehicle needing access to the football complex on game day. Please call 704-687-0161 for requirements and additional information.
    • Employees scheduled to work football events (e.g., dining staff, work crews) will be given a specific permit to park. Please contact your supervisor for details.
  • East Deck 1 and South Village Deck will be the non-game visitor parking areas. Visitor rates will apply.
  • Phillips Road will be closed to all but emergency and service vehicles.
  • During home football games, Niner Transit Silver and Green routes are modified to better serve campus transportation needs from two hours before kick-off through one hour post-game. Football shuttles are also intended for use by those not attending game activities. Click here for route information.

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Game-day permits

ALL parking for the game will require a specific Game Day parking permit

  • Single Game Day parking permits are available. Click here for all Single Game parking options.
  • ADA Single Game Parking permits are available. Click here for all ADA Single Game parking options. Both an Orange CRI Deck permit and a State Issued Disability Placard must be presented for admittance.
  • Permits must be printed; no screen shots or digital permits. All parking permits will be collected upon entrance to the parking area; there is no re-entry.
  • When a Game Day permit is obtained through Click and Park, directions to the proper campus entrance will be provided with the permit.
  • FSL holders may purchase pre-printed Game Day parking permits through Athletics. For questions concerning FSL Permits, please contact the Athletic Foundation at 704-687-4950.
  • Employees and volunteers who are working the event will be provided a specific validation code by their supervisor to obtain a permit through Click and Park. Validation codes are game-specific and may be used only once.
  • Cash parking will be available in Cone Deck (Pink) for $20 per vehicle.
  • ADA Parking permits will be available through Parkmobile for CRI Deck. (Both an Orange CRI ADA Game Day Permit and a State Issued Disability Placard must be presented for admittance.)
  • Parking permits will be scanned or collected upon entry to the parking area; re-entry is not permitted.

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Important information for resident students:

  • Lot 25 (on Cameron Blvd., across from Wallis Hall) and Lot 21 (Cameron at Poplar Terrace, next to Witherspoon) are designated for FSL-holders and student tailgating on game days. Therefore, campus residents parked in Lots 25 and 21 must move their vehicles before 5 a.m. Saturday or risk being towed; tow fee is $75. Please park your vehicle in North Deck or another R (blue) lot.
  • No other R lots/decks are affected by football parking.
  • Friends or relatives planning to visit you Saturday are required to park in East Deck 1 or South Village Deck visitor parking and pay the normal visitor fee ($5 first hour, $2 each additional hour, $15 maximum per visit) unless they have a prepaid game-day permit or park in the cash lot at Cone Deck. Please advise them where to park.

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Campus entrance closings:

  • All entrances to campus will close to general traffic four hours prior to kick-off (2 p.m.) except the main entrance (off University City Blvd.) and east entrance (Van Landingham Road, off John Kirk Drive). See map.
  • Expect high traffic volume, restricted parking, and restrained movement around campus four hours prior to kick-off and approximately one hour following the game.
  • All other entrances will be restricted to ticket holders with game-day parking passes. The passes indicate where ticket holders will enter campus.

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Student tailgating (with a vehicle):

  • You must obtain a game-day parking permit if you plan to tailgate in student tailgating areas: Lots 25, 21, and 11. To obtain a student tailgating parking permit, go online to Parkmobile prior to game day. The validation code is your student ID number.
  • There is no charge for a student tailgating permit; student tailgating is available on a first come, first-served basis.
  • Student tailgaters must use the entrance at Mallard Creek Church Road and Mary Alexander Road (Black or Red entrance on map).
  • The tailgating lot will open four hours prior to kick-off (2 p.m.) on Saturday.
  • When student tailgating permits are issued to capacity, students must use their UNC Charlotte virtual parking permit to access North Deck, East Deck 2, East Deck 3, or South Village Deck

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Student tailgating (without a vehicle):

  • Picnic tailgating is permitted in 49ers Student Tailgate Village located between the Alumni Pavilion and the stadium. The area can be entered from Craver Road via the Niner Way brick path. Students may request a tent spot in this area (there is no vehicle access) by submitting a request.
  • Charcoal grilling is not permitted in the picnic tailgate area.

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Football shuttle and Niner Transit:

  • Shuttle transportation will be provided from two hours before kick-off through one hour post-game.
  • North campus shuttle stops:
    • Stadium Gate 3
    • Lot 5
    • Martin Village Road near Cameron Blvd.
    • Light Rail pull-off
    • Alumni Pavilion
    • View route map
  • South campus shuttle stops:
    • West Deck
    • Stadium Gate 3
    • Popp-Martin Student Union
    • East Deck 1
    • Levine Hall
    • South Village Deck
    • View route map
  • Football shuttles will appear as brown icons on the UNCCNextRide app.
  • Shuttles are also intended for use by those not attending game activities.

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Saturday traffic and non-football parking:

  • East Deck 2, East Deck 3, and South Village Deck will be open to those with a valid UNC Charlotte parking permit but are not attending the football game.
  • Faculty/Staff, Commuter or Resident permits will not be valid in any parking decks or lots designated for football parking.
  • Faculty/Staff reserved spaces in game day lots will be used for football parking for home games. Reserved spaces are not valid in football-designated lots on home game days.
  • East Deck 1 and South Village Deck will be the non-game Visitor parking area. Gates will be down and established Visitor rates will apply.

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ADA shuttle to stadium:

  • ADA shuttle will run multiple trips between Orange CRI Deck and the stadium.
  • Shuttle stops at the Orange CRI Deck bus lane, accessible from Level 4 of Orange CRI Deck, and Gate 1 of the stadium.
  • Shuttle runs from one hour before game time through game start, and from the third quarter of the game through one hour after game end.
  • If you have a tailgating permit for a location other than Orange CRI Deck and need access to the ADA Shuttle, please let the attendant at your tailgating area know.

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Disability drop-off:

  • If necessary, personal vehicles may drop off passengers with disabilities at the stadium before proceeding to the parking area
  • For disability drop-off, enter campus at N. Tryon (Hwy. 29) and Institute Circle. Notify the police officer that you need to access the disability drop-off area for the stadium and the officer will direct you.
  • There is no exit and re-entry permitted from parking areas, so please ensure that drop-off is completed before entering the parking area.
  • When you are ready to pick up your passengers, exit your designated parking area as directed by traffic control officials and re-enter campus at N. Tryon (Hwy. 29) and Institute Circle to request access to the disability pick-up area.
  • Alternately, consider use of the free ADA shuttle to the stadium. Details above.

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