I went to Carolina Crossroads last weekend to see Styx and Boston. Styx was the opener, and the band that I had really come to see. My friend and I arrived an hour early to the grounds, thinking that would be enough time to get to our seats before the show started. We were apparently wrong.
First, the parking lot was a disaster. There was no clear direction of where to go and the traffic pattern was just counterintuitive...and very inefficient.
When we'd parked and got to the front gate, there were two huge lines stretched back to the parking lots, moving at barely a crawl. Mind you that there were about 6 entryways but only 2 (later 3) of them were open to let people in. We were still in line when the band started playing! Over half of the reserved seating section was empty, but the people at the gate did not seem phased. They continued at their snail pace, not seeming to care that some of us came to see the show and not stand in line.
Only a couple of songs had gone by when we got through the front gate. Finally! We could get to our seats. Oops, wrong. We were in disbelief at the EVEN LONGER line that stretched from each entry point to the reserved seating area. There were exactly 2 ways to get in...and we had to go through the entry point to the premium lawn to get there. People had to stand in line as workers individually put wrist bands on them. We couldn't get a straight answer as to why we needed these wrist bands, and we asked at least 4 different employees. They weren't checking IDs, so it wasn't for drinking.
At one point the line came to a complete halt. They were out of wrist bands! Tick tock. By the time we got to our seats Styx had finished their 6th song of their 11-song set. And I'm sorry to say we had to cut in line, A LOT to even get in by then. I was so angry it was hard to enjoy the rest of the show. When I later spoke to a friend who'd gotten there earlier in the day, she told me she was not given a wrist band at all.
In sum, if you plan on going to a show at this venue, I recommend you arrive at least 2-3 hours early. However after my experience, I don't think I'll ever again go to this venue. Save your $70 for a venue that knows what it's doing...like one of the big amphitheaters. For their sake I hope they can step up their game for future shows, because otherwise there will be a lot more people like me who'll never want to come back!
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