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Jimmy V. Classic Promises Triumph and Traffic

Posted August 23, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Celebrities, athletes, and thousands of supporters are expected to turn out Sunday for the Jimmy V. Celebrity Golf Classic. The event is the largest fundraiser for the "V" Foundation and its battle against cancer. If you're planning to attend the event, you can expect lots of crowds, lots of parking problems, and some trouble seeing all of the stars.

The celebrities are out. The parking lots are packed. Traffic is already a nightmare. So where do you park if you want to go to the Jimmy V. Celebrity Golf Classic?

Division Manager Graham Wilson says there's no parking at Prestonwood. They have barely enough spots for the participants. Alternate spots have been created to do that.

You don't have to look far to see what the situation is like. You might have more luck at Carter Finley Stadium, where shuttles are expected to take spectators to the course. Spectators think the shuttles will help.

Jamie Watkins believes it may not be as convenient, but at least you don't have to drive around looking for a space or fight the crowds.

Some people are lucky enough that parking isn't an issue. Kim Rutherford's family lives on the course. She plans to get a good look at Sunday's festivities from the deck.

More the 25,000 people are expected to turn out for the tournament, and that number doesn't include the 1,000 volunteers who will work the event.

The Jimmy V. Classic has a four-year history of attracting of all kinds of spectators and celebrities. So no matter where you park, chances are you could get a glimpse of a star up close.

If you plan to take the shuttle from Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, the cost is $5.00 per car. There are five drop off spots along the course. The "V" Foundation has raised over a million and a half dollars over the last year for cancer research just from the golf tournament alone.