CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Bank of America Stadium turns into a football pitch as Charlotte FC fans prepare to watch history in the heart of Uptown.
“We’ve been planning this day for over a month now,” said Jenny Armstrong, bar manager of Rocket Pizza.
Charlotte’s bars, breweries and restaurants are packed with staff, beer and food ahead of Saturday’s first MLS game at Bank of America Stadium.
“Beer and football go hand in hand,” said Chamber of Wooden Robot general manager Nick Szabo. “People like to get a little buzzed and go out and watch sports.”.
Ticket holders for Saturday’s match represent 12 countries and 49 states.
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Fan attendance is expected to break MLS history. Fan attendance will set a new regular season record with approximately 74,000 fans.
“It definitely helps local businesses and there’s a lot of hype around it, and we’re really excited. People have come to ask us questions about it. We’re really excited about it,” Armstrong said.
Fans also prepared for Friday’s game. Hundreds of people filled the team store at Bank of America Stadium.
“I think it’s going to be very busy, especially around the stadium and around the bars,” William Bryant said of Virginia.
“I mean if you think of it as a football game. For a football game everyone comes from all states, now football opens more tourists somehow. I think it’s going to be really cool,” Angelica Castro said.