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World Cup Draws Casual And Hardcore Fans To Charlotte Bars

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Over the next few weeks, millions will be glued to television to watch the World Cup. That’s the case in Charlotte, which is why restaurants and bars like Jackalope Jack’s have been looking forward to the soccer tournament for a while.

The restaurant brought in additional TVs to account for the expected uptick in patrons due to the cup. Manager Brandi Threatte said that two days into The Cup, the investment is paying off.

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“We want the fans to have a good time here,” she said.

Threatte hopes that the good time the restaurant’s patrons enjoy during the cup will stay with them afterwards, and bring them back to Jackalope’s.

Mexican fan Betzaida Lorenzo is a die-hard soccer fan. She follows her favorite players religiously via the web and television, World Cup or otherwise.

Mexican Fan Betzaida Lorenzo

Lorenzo has lived in Charlotte for over 20 years. She said she’s definitely seen a growth in the sport’s popularity among the general public since that time.

“Before, it really wasn’t that big,” she said. “Now I’m at an American bar (watching The Cup)."

Chile Fan-

Unlike Lorenzo, Neal Salas Zamudio isn’t a hardcore soccer fan. He doesn’t follow the Chilean team on a consistent basis and doesn’t track the stats of the country’s top players. For him, the matches are just a part of what makes the World Cup so special.

"It's fun. It's about the national team," he said. "It brings good times."

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