Raleigh, N.C. — Cameron Village is allowing visitors to go underground for one night only in May.
Underground Raleigh – officially known as the Village Subway – was one of the city's hottest spots from the 1970s and into the 1980s. It was a subterranean set of nightclubs, restaurants and an arcade under the Raleigh shopping center.
By 1984, worries about the fire code and customer safety meant the Subway's days were numbered. The Cameron Village Merchants Association said back then that it was negotiating with a major retailer interested in the space, but that retailer never came.
The abandoned spot has been a hot topic on the Internet.
Cameron Village will open the underground up one last time on May 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight for a benefit Backpack Buddies and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The night will include live music from Crush, a Spring runway show, video games and more.
Tickets are on sale now. VIP admission is $125 and includes reserved seating, a swag bag, free beer and wine, food and valet parking. General admission tickets are $85 each and include food and two beer/wine tickets.