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‘FAN Friday’ In ‘PantherTown’ On Friday, January 10th!

by Brenda Matthews
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‘Keep pounding!’ That’s the catch phrase of the weekend as our Panthers – the NFC South Champions – battle Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick’s San Fransisco 49ers this Sunday!

And…the excitement over the NFL playoff game Sunday will be highly visible across the Charlotte area over the next few days – especially starting tomorrow!

Per WCNC.com, “To further promote team spirit around Charlotte, Mayor Cannon has declared Friday, Jan. 10 to be “FAN Friday.”

The city wants to encourage residents to wear Panther colors or simply all black in honor of the winning team. The Panthers will wear all black when they take on San Francisco this weekend.

Fans will also notice Carolina pride across Charlotte, including signage around uptown, new marquees and a Panther-blue ribbon around the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The city also wants everyone to use the #KeepPounding hashtag to cheer on the players, and the new #BlackFriday, which encourages fans to wear all black to community events and work on the 10th.

It’s all part of a friendly wager with San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin Lee. The mayor representing the losing team will wear the opponent’s colors during a Big Brothers, Big Sisters event for mayors across the country later this month.”

You’ll see signs on public transit, including the city’s light-rail line. A 33-foot-tall banner of support will hang from the county courthouse parking deck.

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Charlotte Area Transit System is putting “Go Panthers” messages on buses and light-rail cars. Adams Outdoor Advertising plans to support the team on some of its billboards around the city.TheCharlotteObserver.com reports that “The three-day pep rally at EpiCentre begins with an 8 p.m. event Friday. For $15, participants get a Panthers T-shirt and will be part of a rally that includes the Panthers’ TopCats and the PurrCussion drum line.

The rally continues at noon Saturday with a carnival at EpiCentre, featuring street performers, face painters, live music and children’s crafts. Admission to that event is free.

Fans who don’t have tickets to the game are invited back to EpiCentre for another rally during the game Sunday.

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

By the way, what do the 49er’s think of our Panthers?

The NYNews reports: “There have been very few teams over the last two seasons that have completely shut down Colin Kaepernick and turned him into a complete non-factor. The Carolina Panthers are one of them.

And to the 49ers, it’s no mystery why.

“As I stand here today, I really believe that they are the most talented front seven that we have played,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday of his team’s opponent in Sunday’s divisional playoff game in Charlotte. “And that’s in large part a great share of what makes them so effective.”

Added Kaepernick: “They have a great front seven. They’re very athletic, very fast, very strong. It was something that the first game we didn’t play very well. We didn’t execute the way we should’ve.”

Kick off’s at 1:05pm on Sunday!

-Brenda Mathews, K 104.7

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