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Charlotte Mayor Announces "FAN Friday"

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Mayor Patrick Cannon has declared Friday, Jan. 10, a holiday for Panther fans across the Queen City.

“FAN Friday” is the day when fans can show their Panther pride by wearing team colors or all back in honor of the NFC South champions, who will be playing the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 12 at Bank of America Stadium.

Charlotte Center City Partner President and CEO Michael Smith hopes the celebration shines a light on what the city has to offer.

"These are the seasons that bring the economic development payload, not only in direct hospitality spending, but also in updating the impression of our vibrant City to corporate leaders and talented workers across the county," Smith said. "Keep pounding

The City of Charlotte along with other Panther Pride Partners including Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, and Mecklenburg County will be promoting FAN Friday, encouraging employees, businesses, customers and partners to participate.

“The opportunity to host a home game during the playoffs is one that will showcase our best assets not only to our residents, but to visiting fans that travel from near and far for this game," Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority CEO, Tom Murray. "From our accessible airport and transit system to the undeniable southern hospitality that’s intrinsic to the region, we excel when the spotlight shines on Charlotte. Combine that with the impressive momentum that the Panthers have generated and visitors will surely have an unforgettable experience."

FAN Friday is the kickoff to the Panthers Rally Weekend at the Epicentre. City leaders will be painting the town blue (and black) with signs and billboards that can also be downloaded by fans from the Charlotte Center City website.

Mayor Patrick Cannon and the mayor of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee, are using this celebratory occasion to bring awareness to initiatives they both value – youth and the importance of mentorship. To cement the significance of these initiatives, they have agreed to a little wager.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to join Mayor Lee in raising awareness about the need for more mentors. The playoffs represent what happens when you work hard and have good coaching. The same can happen when our youth receive the right coaching through a strong mentoring program,” Cannon said.

At the upcoming meeting of the U.S Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., Cannon and Lee will have breakfast and meet with children who are part of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. The children will accompany each mayor to several conference activities after breakfast and a meeting. The mayor representing the losing team will wear the colors and fan apparel from the winning team during the morning’s activities.

“This is another example of how we can promote goodwill and mentoring in both Charlotte and San Francisco, and throughout the country. I just hope Mayor Lee looks good in Panther colors,” Cannon concluded.

City partners are promoting an aggressive social media campaign to cross encourage the ever-popular #KeepPounding hashtag throughout the week, and the #BlackFriday hashtag on Friday, Jan. 10, to encourage the community to wear all black to work and fan events.

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