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.


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General parking and traffic information:

  • Parking will be at a premium for all six football home games: Sept. 1, September 8, Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 17.
  • All campus entrances close five (5) hours prior to kickoff, except for two: Main entrance off University City Blvd. and East entrance off John Kirk Rd.
  • Game day entrances open to game day permit holders four (4) hours prior to kickoff at the designated entrance for their permit.
  • On the Monday prior to a game day, signs are placed in all tailgating lots and parking decks notifying of closure for football parking.
  • Vehicles parked in football parking after midnight before a game day will be towed at owner’s expense.

ALL game parking requires a specific game day permit

  • Single game day permits available online for Union Deck, West Deck, North Deck, CRI Deck, Lot 11A/21 and Lot 25 at Parkmobile
  • Cash parking in Cone Deck (Pink), $20 per vehicle.
  • ADA parking permits will be available through Click and Park 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; reentry is not permitted.
  • Students needing ADA parking may obtain an Orange ADA permit for CRI Deck in lieu of the Silver tailgating permit. Only one permit will be issued per game. Both an Orange CRI Deck ADA permit and a state-issued disability placard must be presented for admittance.

Niner Transit Football Shuttle

All Niner Transit routes suspend regular service on football home game Saturdays. Football Shuttle begins two hours before kick-off, ending one hour after game ends. Football shuttle service area map and times.

  • Football shuttles will appear as brown icons on the UNCCNextRide app.
  • Shuttles are also intended for use by those not attending game activities.

Taking CATS light rail to games

***October 13, 2018: Please note that light rail is running on limited service due to damage sustained during the recent storm. A bus bridge has been put in place between 36th and New Bern. Allow extra time to travel if you are leaving from a station south of 36th. The latest information is available from CATS on ridetransit.org or @CATSRideTransit on Twitter.***

Light rail is an EASY way to get to games!

Student tailgating and parking

Student tailgating is in designated student lots and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Student tailgating with a vehicle

  • Students who plan to tailgate with a vehicle must obtain a student tailgating parking permit for Lot 26.
  • Obtain a permit at Parkmobile prior to game day (available the Monday before). Use your student ID number as a validation code. There is no charge for a student tailgating permit. 
    • Use the entrance at John Kirk and Cameron (Navy blue entrance route on map).
    • The tailgating lot will open four hours prior to kick-off.
    • There are a limited number of permits available to park in North Deck for access to student tailgates taking place in Lot 26. Use Parkmobile to obtain those passes at no charge.
    • When student tailgating permits are issued to capacity, students must use their UNC Charlotte virtual parking permit to access East Deck 2, East Deck 3, or South Village Deck

Students who wish to picnic tailgate (without a vehicle):

  • Picnic tailgating is permitted in West Quad (between Cone Center and SAC) and Star Quad (between Atkins Library and CHHS).
  • Charcoal grilling is permitted.
  • A limited number of student parking permits are available for parking in Cone Deck, West Deck and Union Deck to accommodate picnic tailgaters, available from Parkmobile at no charge.

Students with game tickets who do not plan to tailgate

  • Non-tailgating students may purchase a parking permit for West Deck (purple game day parking) or Union Deck (yellow game day parking). These permits are limited in quantity and available through Parkmobile or you may park in the cash lot at Cone Deck for $20.00.
  • Those with Commuter permits may park in East Decks 2 and 3. (Commuter permits are not valid in other areas on game days)
  • Resident permits are valid only in blue R Lots 13, 16, 20, 8, 8A and South Village Deck, and in orange Lot 6.
  • Students who do not have a UNCC parking permit are required to park in East 1 Visitor Deck or South Village Deck and pay the associated Visitor fee.

Non-football parking information

  • East Deck 2, East Deck 3, and South Village Deck are open to those with valid UNCC parking permits who are not attending the game.
  • Faculty/Staff, Commuter or Resident permits are not valid in decks or lots designated for football parking.
  • Faculty/Staff reserved spaces are not valid in football-designated lots on home game days.
  • East Deck 1 and South Village Deck are the non-game Visitor parking area. Visitor rates apply.

Additional 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 to Lot 6; tow fee is $85. Please park your vehicle in North Deck or another R (blue) lot.
  • No other R lots/decks are affected by football parking, except for North Deck access during tailgating times (4 hours prior to game time)

  • 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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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.
  • 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 $85. 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 area, Lot 26. To obtain a student tailgating parking permit, go online to Parkmobile the prior to game day (permits become available the Monday before). 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 John Kirk and Cameron (Navy blue entrance route on map).
  • The tailgating lot will open four hours prior to kick-off.
  • 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 West Quad and Star Quad. 
  • Charcoal grilling is permitted.

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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.
  • Only the main entrance/exit off University City Blvd. (Hwy. 49) and the entrance/exit at John Kirk Drive and Van Landingham Road (see map) will be open for general use on game days.
  • Phillips Road will be closed to all but emergency and service vehicles.
  • Non-event parking for visitors is limited to East Deck 1 and South Village Deck. Gates will be down and visitors must pay the fee of  $5 first hour, $2 each additional hour, $15 maximum per visit maximum per visit. For those with UNC Charlotte Parking Permits:
    • Commuter Permits will be valid only in East Decks 2 and 3.
    • Resident Permits will be valid only in blue R Lots 13, 16, 20, 8, 8A, and South Village Deck and in orange Lot 6.
    • North Deck will only allow access to those with North Deck football permits; gates will not open for R permits during tailgating hours. Lots 25 and 21 are reserved for tailgating.

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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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