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Official fan guide

Welcome to beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina, the Queen City, home to the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship. During your time in Charlotte, we hope that you will take advantage of the infinite number of things to do. From our 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!

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL EVENTS A 48-Hour Celebration of ACC Football As another exciting Dr Pepper ACC 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 the Annual Uptown Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event, which is free to the public, will include appearances by ACC mascots and special guests. The fun continues Friday night with the ACC Night of Legends presented by the Belk Bowl. The event, which is a ticketed event available to the public, will honor former ACC greats and 2011 ACC award winners during a reception at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Gameday will bring a whole 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 the Grammy-winning country superstar Dierks Bentley. Come on out and be a part of the exciting 48 hour celebration surrounding the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship.

ACC Schedule of Events 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Thursday, December 1 - 5:30 p.m. Uptown Tree Lighting Ceremony • @The Square (corner of Trade & Tryon) The City of Charlotte kicks off the holiday season with the annual tree lighting ceremony. A special recognition will be given to the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship.

Friday, December 2 - 6:00-10:00 p.m. ACC Night of Legends • Grand Ballroom, Charlotte Convention Center Presented by the Belk Bowl Tickets: $125, available through This Legendary Event honors outstanding legends from each ACC institution and 2011 ACC award winners. This party will embody the true spirit of ACC Football as well as provide the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in college football.

Friday, December 2 - 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 3 - 8 a.m. The ACC Championship Chase 5K • South Tryon (between 3rd & 4th Streets) Presented by Harris Teeter The official kickoff of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship day festivities with school mascots. See if you can outrun and outlast your schools’ biggest rivals! And afterwards, enjoy a post-race party at EpiCentre. Registration information is on

Saturday, December 3 -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, team mascots, pep rallies, food and beverage, autograph signings, game merchandise, jumbotrons, and general family fun! A free concert by country music star Dierks Bentley will highlight the festivities. Admission is free to the public.

Saturday, December 3 - 8:00 p.m. Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Bank of America Stadium, ESPN

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The Biggest Party On Championship Weekend!

Get ready for ACC FanFest presented by AT&T.

The 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. A very special musical act highlights the day as country music superstar Dierks Bentley will be playing a FREE show for ACC fans!

This will be one of the biggest events of the weekend. The ACC FanFest event will encompass a large area of interactive games, team bands, mascots, pep rallies, Corporate Partner attractions and giveaways, food/ beverages, autograph opportunities with ACC Legends and live music all day long!

Dierks BentLEy

Tentative Event Schedule Subject to Change

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM . . . . . . . . . . Live Music by Early Ray @ Dr Pepper Stage 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM . . . . . . . . . . . ACC Mascots Game @ Dr Pepper Field 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . Dr Pepper/Food Lion Tuition Throw @ Dr Pepper Field 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . David Nail @ Dr Pepper Stage 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . Atlantic and Coastal Division Band & Cheer Performances 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . ACC Football Legends Autograph Session 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM . . . . . . . . . . . Dierks Bentley @ Dr Pepper Stage For updated information visit


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Official Fan Hotels ALOFT CHARLOTTE THE EPICENTRE 210 E. Trade St. 877.GOALOFT

HILTON CENTER CITY 222 E. 3rd St. 704.333.9000



132 E. Trade St. 800.THE.OMNI

555 S. McDowell St. 704.372.4100

CHARLOTTE MARRIOTT CENTER CITY 100 W. Trade St. 704.333.9000

RITZ-CARLTON, CHARLOTTE 201 E. Trade St. 800.241.3333



601 S. College St. 866.837.4148

895 W. Trade St. 704.347.0070

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Team Hotel:  OMNI CHARLOTTE                   Band Hotel:  HILTON CENTER CITY



Team Hotel:  MARRIOTT CENTER CITY                    Band Hotel:  HOLIDAY INN CENTER CITY


NASCAR Hall of Fame

Headquarters Hotel:


Charlotte uptown map

Directions & Parking Directions

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. 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. Brookshire Freeway (I-277) from the West - Look for signs to exit at either I-77 South, Graham Street, Church Street or Brevard Street. NC 49/US 29 from the Northeast - Follow Tryon Street to Church Street. 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 There are more than 30,000 parking spaces within 5 blocks of the stadium. For detailed parking information, please visit

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) 358-7800 for more information or to prepurchase 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


Please keep this drop off location in mind as you purchase parking. 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.


Wilkinson Boulevard (US 74) from the West Follow signs for John Belk Freeway (I-277) and exit at either Carson Boulevard, College Street, South Boulevard or Brevard Street.

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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.

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.



Policies and Information Alcohol Policy Alcohol will be sold on the Club Level only and is not permitted to leave the Club Level. Fans who consume alcohol are encouraged to drink responsibly. Patrons 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.


Stadium security personnel will respond to complaints of misconduct. Fans who fail to comply with stadium policy after being warned will be subject to ejection or arrest. Multiple violations may result in revocation of ticket privileges. Whether or not certain types of behavior or acts are inappropriate or offensive to others may depend on one’s perspective and values. Stadium management reserves the right to deem an act or exhibited behavior to be inappropriate based on available information and circumstances and take appropriate action.

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. Banner messages should be football related.

Camera Policy

Behavior Policy


To insure that all fans have a pleasant game day experience, each patron should act responsibly and be considerate of others. Fans should also be sensitive to the behavior of their guests. Rules of conduct are printed on the back of each ticket.


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Small still cameras are permitted in the stadium. Small video cameras are permitted. Tripods or any other similar equipment that could be a tripping hazard are not permitted.

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.


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 543-544. Registered nurses, doctors and paramedic units are on duty.

Lost and Found

• Binocular and camera cases • Containers for medical supplies or special food items for diabetics • Fanny packs • Flags - but not those on poles or sticks • Pocketbooks, purses, tote bags and small bags smaller than 8” x 10” x 14” in size Fans are encouraged not to bring bags with them unless absolutely necessary, as our goal is to get people in the stadium as quickly as possible.

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.

Radio and TV Policy

Prohibited Items

Reentry Policy

You may bring a small portable radio or television with you to the stadium as long as you listen with an earpiece or headphones.

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 • Baby seats • Bags larger than 8”x10”x14” • Balloons • Beach balls • Coolers or containers, including cans and bottles • Explosives • Fireworks • Folding chairs • Food and beverages, except two (2) sealed plastic non-flavored water bottles per person • Horns, bells, whistles and other noise makers • Illegal drugs • Laser pointers • Pets, except service animals assisting those with disabilities • Strollers • Tape recorders • Umbrellas • Large 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. • Any item larger than 8” x 10” x 14” will not be permitted in the stadium. 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 is subject to arrest. Any prohibited item discovered inside the stadium is subject to confiscation.

Items that will be permitted but will be inspected at the gates prior to entry:

Persons leaving the stadium during an event will not be permitted to reenter.

Service Animals Only service animals for guests with disabilities are allowed in the stadium.

Smoking Policy Bank of America Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Fans who fail to comply with this policy after the appropriate warning will be subject to ejection.

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.

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 the word FAN and your message to 78247.

• Diaper bags (Baby must be with the parent or guardian and bag must be smaller than 8” x 10” x 14”)

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3112 Hwy. 74 West, Monroe, NC

Under The Big American Flag!

Celebrate Atlantic Coast Conference Football Excellence at the 2011 ACC

Night of Legends presented by

The ACC Night of Legends: A Tradition Then, Now and Always, will take place at the Charlotte Convention Center beginning at 6:30 pm on December 2, 2011. Tickets can be purchased at for $125.00.

The Class of 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Legends will be honored. In addition, the ACC will announce the coach of the year and players awards for the 2011 season, including Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.

Class of 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Legends Name




Hometown (Current Residence)

Stephen Boyd Perry Tuttle Ben Bennett Andre Wadsworth Lucius Sanford Rich (Dick) Novak Jim Otto Chris Hanburger Marc Primanti Chris Slade Mike Johnson Larry Russell

Boston College Clemson Duke Florida State Georgia Tech Maryland Miami North Carolina NC State Virginia Virginia Tech Wake Forest

1991-94 1978-81 1980-83 1994-97 1974-77 1959-61 1957-59 1962-64 1995-96 1989-92 1980-83 1969-71

Linebacker Wide Receiver Quarterback Defensive End Linebacker Quarterback Center Linebacker Placekicker Defensive End Linebacker Quarterback

Valley Stream, N.Y. (Long Beach, N.Y.) Lexington, N.C. (Charlotte, N.C.) Sunnyvale, Calif. (Orlando, Fla.) St. Croix, V.I. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Milledgeville, Ga. (Atlanta, Ga.) Uniontown, Pa. (Greenwich, Conn.) Wausau, Wis. (Auburn, Calif.) Fayetteville, N. C. (Darlington, S.C.) Coatesville, Pa. (Raleigh, N.C.) Newport News, Va. (Atlanta, Ga.) Landover, Md.. (Forestville, Md.) Newburyport, Mass. (Newburyport, Mass.)


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Things to do When you’re not at the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game, there are numerous diversions to keep you entertained in Uptown Charlotte. From educational and cultural to recreational and social, Center City has something for everyone. For more information to plan your trip visit

MUSIC VENUES • The Music Factory on the edge of Fourth Ward is an entertainment complex (with FREE PARKING!) featuring bars, restaurants and dance clubs as well as live music venues. Butter, Black Bear Saloon, Halo, Crobar and Wet Willies keep you refreshed and fed while the music rocks at Fillmore, Road Runner Amphitheater and Front Stage. • The Visulite Theatre and Neighborhood Theatre present live music in small, intimate settings. The atmosphere is relaxed, casual and acoustically appealing.


in Midtown invites strollers and Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways provide 2.6 miles of paved and gravel paths for walking, jogging, biking or even roller-skating. For the exploring types, the Gold Rush is a free trolley service that operates from the Center City and stops every 7 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contact Charlotte NC Tours for information on daily van, Segway, bicycle or walking tours and Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours offers horse drawn views of the Queen City.

FOR FAMILIES • Discovery Place is a hands-on science center with interactive learning and informal play areas. An IMAX Theater is also housed in the facility with a domeshaped ceiling for spectacular viewing of daily films.

• Levine Museum of the New South, Presents the nation’s most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern history. • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture, Serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education, literature and community outreach. • The Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Feature collections of art as well as studio craft like ceramics, fiber, glass and wood. • The McColl Center for Visual Art, Part gallery/part art studio featuring artists-in-residence.

• ImaginOn is a collaborative of the CharlotteMecklenburg Library Association and Children’s Theater of Charlotte with a mission of bringing stories to life. • The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography is one of only four museums in the U.S. for photography and film featuring large-scale exhibitions of photography and digital video art.

• The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Exhibits mid-century modernism

• 7th Street Public Market, food, fun and holiday gift items for the whole family. It is Uptown Charlotte’s newest attraction. Visit online at



The Uptown offers two public parks and two greenways suitable for strolling, biking, picnicking or people watching. Marshall Park in Second Ward and Fourth Ward Park are ideal for dining al fresco or quiet conversation. Little Sugar Creek Greenway

The Center City has three YMCA’s: Gateway Village, Dowd and Childress Klein. Either visit with a member and pay a $10 guest fee or ask about the AWAY program that offers reciprocity to out-of-town Y members.

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As the only hospital in the region named to the 50 best hospitals in America list, Presbyterian Hospital joins an elite group of nationally renowned medical centers recognized for their quality care. Need care now? Download our app to quickly find a Presbyterian doctor’s office or urgent care center near you. Official healthcare provider of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship

Visit or call 704-384-CARE (2273) to find the best doctor for you.

LOC Board of DIRECTORS Heather Ackerman HA Events Kendall Alley Wells Fargo Jeff Beaver Charlotte Regional Sports Commission Johnny Belk Belk Mike Crum CRVA David Darnell Bank of America Sheldon Francis Babson Capital Management Ken Haines Raycom Sports Johnny Harris Lincoln Harris Carol Hevey Time Warner Cable Steve Luquire Luquire George Andrews Danny Morrison Carolina Panthers Tim Newman CRVA Dave Singer Lance Tom Skains Piedmont Natural Gas Will Webb Charlotte Collegiate Football

Charlotte Collegiate Football, 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.

Will Webb, Executive Director

The Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, in its seventh year, will be played in Charlotte December 3rd at 8 pm. 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 2011 Belk Bowl will be played on Tuesday, December 27th at 8 pm. It features a matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East Conference. Fans can visit the local organizing committee’s official website, and the official bowl website, for more information about the games and surrounding events.


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