Charlotte 49ers fans flock to Bahamas for first bowl game in football team’s history

Updated: Dec. 19, 2019 at 9:44 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Despite a long travel distance and Christmas being just days away, hundreds of Charlotte 49ers fans made the trek to the Bahamas for the UNC Charlotte football team’s first bowl game in program history.

Under first-year head coach Will Healy, the 49ers amassed a 7-5 record this season. They play the Buffalo Bulls in the Bahamas Bowl Friday afternoon.

Jimmy Touchstone, a diehard 49ers fan, traveled to the Bahamas Thursday morning with his two sons, Jonah and Jacob.

“We got in probably about one o’clock and we’ve made the most of it since we’ve been here,” Touchstone told WBTV in a FaceTime interview Thursday night.

He said he and his boys wanted to be in the Bahamas to support the 49ers administration, coaching staff and players as they prepare to play Friday.

“I think we’ve been living history all season and this is just the culmination of it and so win or lose, but we do expect to win, it is going to be historical,” explained Touchstone.

The father said he and his sons attended a big pep rally for the team Thursday evening. His boys got a chance to take a photo with Healy and watch the school band perform. Healy took time to address the crowd during the rally.

“We’ve had the best experience known to man in the Bahamas. Let’s cap it off tomorrow at 2 p.m. on ESPN. What do you say?” said the coach to a crowd of cheers.

Touchstone said he and his boys will only be in the Bahamas for around 48 hours. He said they plan to attend the bowl game Friday afternoon and fly back to Charlotte Saturday morning.

“Our prediction for the game – 49ers win big,” said Touchstone.

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