thanks for the information, and the pointing out my constant battle between autocorrect and my lack of proofreading. those shuttles you mentioned are the shuttles i read about taking, thanks for the clarification. when i take her to bobcats games we ride the light rail downtown so waiting for a shuttle wouldn't be anything new. which of those lots is the best and/or easiest to exit after a game? i was just curious if there was anything else avaliable.
you mentioned something right at the dome but it being expensive? how expensive are we talking here?
The closest lot is probably the Manning lot which is right beside the Basketball Museum (which I do recommend you take your grandmother to).
And the second closest I believe is the Bowles lot... you walk up some stairs and the little hill then you're at the Dome.
I'm not sure of the pricing of either of those lots, it might be $15 or $20 (not overly expensive but I'm a college kid so I need the exercise anyway even though I usually park in the Ritz Carlton lot right near the Epicentre when I go to Bobcats games lol).
The downside to those lots is waiting to get out but unless you park over on Franklin or at the Hospital, you will be waiting to get out for a little bit from wherever you parked.
As for the easiest lots to get out of... in my opinion they are the hospital lots but they are pretty good distance from the arena... the problem is unless you leave early (which I don't recommend, but it's up to you); you will hit traffic most likely on the interstate near the exit for the Dome anyway so you will most likely wait a little bit no matter where you park (it's just how long you are going to wait that is up in the air).
I don't know if you have a disability sticker but their is disability parking for $10 (I think that's the price) right in front of the Dome. You will sit in traffic for a little bit once the game ends but you will at least be in your car and you won't have to wait for a bus.
Now I have parked over on Franklin Street by this restaurant called R&R Grill, it's near the ever famous Top Of The Hill restaurant and while it's easy to get out of the Hill from Franklin Street, the walk is further than the Hospital.
Your best bet is probably the Manning lot (the lot near the museum) or the bus system (unless you have a disability tag).
I'll also give you my shameless plug for Time Out (if you haven't been). Adam Richmond (from Man vs. Food) called their chicken cheddar biscuit the best sandwich in America... they also have fried okra,fries and gravy, broccoli casserole, honey biscuits, and mac and cheese all at a pretty low cost. If you got the time, hit it up. It's located in University Square on West Franklin right near the Granville Towers. It looks a little run-down but it's just one of those good ol' boy restaurants.