CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There may be as many as 100,000 people in uptown Charlotte for the CIAA Tournament at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Besides basketball there are endless parties.
There is so much going on and so many people, that the city has declared it a security extraordinary event , giving police greater powers to stop and search people and their belongings.
Major Jeff Estes is the Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer in charge of the security in the zone that covers most major Center City streets.
We determine certain factors like the amount of people that will be here, over what time period, is alcohol served or not. Mainly it is the large number of people in a small area, he said.
Crowds who were walking in uptown Friday night said that for the most part they welcomed the security and did not feel it was overkill or intimidating.
You see a lot of police officers then it definitely is safe around here, so it is cool, said Omar Carter who was visiting from New Jersey.
Another fan, Tina Hall, said this was not a crowd that was looking for trouble.
No. This is an atmosphere where people look for celebrations, meet new people and have fun.
The extraordinary event status will expire on Sunday morning at 6 a.m.