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FAQs For Charlotte Independence vs. Swansea City

By Jillian Fay, 07/13/16, 9:30PM EDT


Today is the big day! Your Charlotte Independence are hosting an international friendly with Swansea City of the Premier League at Ramblewood Stadium. The match, presented by Sycamore Brewing, kicks off at 7:30pm ET. Here’s everything you need to know:


  • Parking lots officially open at 4:30pm.
  • Shuttles from the light rail and off-site parking lots also will begin running at 4:30pm.
  • Box Office and Will Call open at 4:30pm.
  • The Meck Deck opens for pregame festivities at 5:00pm.
  • Bus-N-Brews departs RiRa Irish Pub for Ramblewood at 5:30pm.
  • Main stadium gates open at 6:00pm.
  • Match kicks off at 7:30pm.

Shuttles will begin returning fans to their vehicles or the light rail 15 minutes following the completion of the match and continue running until all fans are safely at their vehicles or the light rail station.

Please be advised that we do not allow re-entry into the stadium once you have exited

Free T-shirt Giveaway 

The first 500 fans at Ramblewood Stadium on Wednesday evening will receive a FREE , special edition Charlotte-Swansea T-shirt. We have various sizes that will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Guest Relations stand. The limit is one T-shirt per fan and fans must be in attendance to claim their T-shirt. Please be advised that once inside Ramblewood Stadium we do not allow re-entry.

Concession Options

We will have five food trucks on site — Taco Rey, Comfort Food, Bob’s Brats, Bo’s BBQ and King of Pops — along with beverages from Coca-Cola, Sycamore Brewing (our presenting sponsor), Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, NoDa Brewing and Birdsong Brewing. Food and beverage vendors will be CASH ONLY, so please come prepared. We will have ATMs on site but use will be subject to service fees.

Prohibited Items

  • The following items are NOT permitted in Ramblewood Stadium
  • Outside food and beverage of any kind (alcoholic or not)
  • Animals (except for certified service animals)
  • Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, skates, hover boards, strollers, golf carts or unauthorized means of transportation
  • Backpacks, computer bags, briefcases, other luggage or oversized purses
  • Drones
  • Fireworks, explosives, smoke bombs or other incendiary devices
  • Glass or metal containers of any kind
  • Noisemakers, plastic horns, air horns, whistles, drums or other musical instruments
  • Signs with indecent or derogatory comments/images, political statements and commercial references
  • Umbrellas
  • Unauthorized solicitations, giveaways or sampling
  • Weapons of any kind, including guns, knives, pepper spray, nightsticks or other dangerous items

Weather Policy
The Charlotte Independence-Swansea City match will be played rain or shine. Should there be lightning in the area we will postpone the match 30 minutes for every strike in a designated radius. Ticket refunds will not be offered due to inclement weather.

Transportation Options
Parking at Ramblewood Stadium
On-site parking is extremely limited and is SOLD OUT for this event. Unless you purchased a parking pass in advance you will not be allowed entry into the Ramblewood parking lots and should seek alternate transportation options.
For those who did purchase in advance, the parking pass will need to be printed out and displayed on your vehicle dashboard for verification by CMPD on Nations Ford Road. Mobile parking passes will NOT be accepted, you MUST have a hard copy ready to present to the officers and event staff.
If you previously purchased a 2016 Independence Season Parking Pass, it will be honored for the Swansea City friendly as well.

Off-site Parking Lots 
We are offering overflow parking at two off-site parking lots. Both lots will be supervised by event staff and CMPD officers prior to and throughout the match. The cost of off-site parking is $5.00 (CASH ONLY) and includes a shuttle ride to and from the stadium. The shuttles will run approximately every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30pm. Fans will be returned to their vehicles via the same shuttle busses at the conclusion of the match.
Lot One: 10600 Nations Ford Rd
Lot Two: 801 E. Arrowood Rd.

LYNX Blue Line
Fans can take the light rail to the Sharon Road West station, then ride a shuttle bus to Ramblewood Stadium at no additional charge. Shuttles will run approximately every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30pm in conjunction with the arriving train schedule. The shuttle will return you to the Sharon Road West station at the conclusion of the match.

The Independence has teamed up with RiRa Uptown and Charlotte’s Best so fans can ride the game in style! Bus-N-Brews party bus ticketsinclude round-trip transportation to Ramblewood Stadium from RiRa Uptown, as well as three beers (one on the bus and vouchers for two additional drinks on the MeckDeck tailgate) and parking validation at RiRa. The cost is $20 for those who already purchased Swansea City tickets, or $35 to receive the package plus a ticket to the game. LEARN MORE!

Yellow Cab Of Charlotte
Yellow Cab is the Official Transportation Provider of your Charlotte Independence! Download the YC Mobile app, create an account and use promo code INDEPENDENCE for $15 off your first ride. If you are an Independence Season-Ticket Holder, there is an additional code on your season-ticket booklet for 10% off rides all year. There will be no additional fees for use of the Yellow Cab/YC Mobile drop-off/pick-up lot.