Re: Raleigh NC USA Rolling Stones 2015 show and travel info
Date: April 21, 2015 01:50
I think hotel suggestions depend on multiple factors, including whether you're looking to explore the area before or after, whether you're looking for "night life" (I'm not sure what that is - I call it live music of which we have PLENTY, but there are bars, restaurants, etc.), and how much you're looking to spend. The stadium is not walking distance from much of anything (it's in the fair grounds), so being close isn't really an option.
Chapel Hill is great if you're looking for a quintessential college town atmosphere. Granted, it being summer, it won't be nearly as lively as during school, but still plenty of good restaurants and bars on Franklin Street and nearby. To be walking distance from those, you could look at The Carolina Inn (likely to be pricey, and it's a hoity toity, Southern, genteel sort of place, but you might get a good rate mid summer) or The Franklin Hotel.
Raleigh also has lots of good bars, restaurants, and rock clubs, though they are more spread out. The Sheraton and Marriott downtown are walking distance from a good number of spots. There's a Hampton Inn in the Glenwood South area (highest density of bars/restaurants).
If you're looking to make it a late night, with luck and decent traffic management you'd be back in Chapel Hill or Raleigh in time to grab a celebratory post show drink (alcohol can't be served after 2:00 AM; hence, everything shuts down by then).
If you're looking for a place to check in a couple hours before you head to the show, crash immediately after, no "nightlife," your best bet might be Cary. There is a Hilton Garden Inn, and Doubletree and a Holiday Inn all adjacent to each other by the Crossroads shopping area in Cary. Those might provide as easy access as any place to the fairgrounds / stadium.
I will forewarn you that traffic is likely to be a problem. Carter Finley hosted concerts in the past (I saw the Stones there in '89) without major traffic problems, but for some reason the last one they hosted (U2 in 2009) was a traffic disaster. A LOT of people missed a good part if not all of the show do to traffic, people abandoned cars on the interstate, etc. Supposedly local officials "know what happened" (multiple routes into the stadium, but everyone's GPS routed them the same way) and how to prevent it, but I would just plan to get to the stadium by 4:00 or 5:00 (you don't want to deal w/ rush hour traffic on top of concert traffic) and tailgate.