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Panthers fans travel from far and wide to Queen City for Super Bowl

Panthers fans Britt and Sue Kimel take a photo outside of Bankof America Stadium Saturday. (Alex Giles | WBTV) Panthers fans Britt and Sue Kimel take a photo outside of Bankof America Stadium Saturday. (Alex Giles | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

If you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to the Super Bowl, there will be plenty of places to watch the big game in Charlotte.

However, finding seats in Charlotte bars and restaurants may be difficult, according to Charlotte Center City Partners.

“We’re expecting full bars, full restaurants in Uptown, in South End, and really across Charlotte,” said Adam Rhew, Director of Communications for Charlotte Center City Partners.

He advised any fans coming to Charlotte for the game to keep their options open because many places will be busy.

“I think it will be incredibly hard for people to find a place to watch the game tomorrow if they haven’t made plans,” said Rhew.

He said that CATS would have an enhanced transit schedule because of the Super Bowl and the CMPD would have increased patrols Sunday night. Rhew said that despite the excitement surrounding the big event, he doesn’t expect any public safety issues.

"Obviously (it's) critical that everyone decides to stay safe tomorrow night. We want this to be a fun night for everyone involved, and clearly public safety is something that we're always keeping tabs on. I don't anticipate any major problems," said Rhew.

Several fans told WBTV they were planning on being in Charlotte for the game Sunday.

Panther fans Britt and Sue Kimel said they wanted to go to the game, but couldn’t get tickets. They said they traveled down from Asheboro to watch the game in Charlotte.

“We just had to be close to it. We had to be a part of it and this is the only way we could be,” said Sue Kimel.

Panthers fan Matthew Greene traveled from Columbia, SC to visit the team store and stadium Saturday afternoon.

“Just gotta say my rituals to the stadium, just kind of let everything out,” explained Greene.

Greene said he would be watching the game at his home Sunday. Panthers fan Georgi Sipe and her family traveled all the way from Phoenix, AZ to watch the game with relatives. She spoke to WBTV Saturday while shopping at the Panthers team store.

“We are getting blankets and all sorts of stuff because we don’t need them in Phoenix but we need them here,” said Greene.

Every fan WBTV spoke to predicted a Panthers victory Sunday.

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