Charlotte Center City, also known as Uptown, is the central area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The Uptown area is within the bounds of I-277, which is divided into four wards that are intersected by Trade Street and Tryon Street. It is the headquarters for the Fortune 500 companies Bank of America and Duke Energy, and is also the headquarters for East Coast Operations for Wells Fargo. Museums, sporting venues, shops, hotels, restaurants, and bars are heavily concentrated in the city center as Uptown Charlotte is home to over 214 restaurants and 50 nightspots.
Charlotte’s center city (including South End) showcases high-, mid-, and low-rises, employs more than 10,000 people, and caters to more than 25 million visitors a year. The Uptown neighborhood has just below 25,000 residents and would attend the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. As the area grows, so do the amenities that will entertain residents and visitors and be all within walking distance.
Currently Uptown Charlotte houses all of the city’s sporting arenas including The Bank of America Stadium where the NFL Carolina Panthers play, The Time Warner Cable Arena where the NBA Charlotte Hornets and the Charlotte Checkers play, and as of early 2014 the brand new BB&T Ballpark where the Charlotte Knights play. Charlotte’s Uptown area continues to expand as showcased in August 2013 when the city opened Romare Bearden Park, which is a 5.4-acre public park.