Carolina Panthers Fans Are Taking Over London

CHARLOTTE, NC.–  Carolina Panthers fans are taking over London! For the first time in franchise history, the Cats are in the UK. They’re playing as the visiting team against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

Dozens of bars and restaurants in Charlotte are opening early for the week six game. It starts at 9:30 in the morning stateside. Hoppin in South End is one of them.

“We’ll have bagels, complimentary cream cheese, orange juice. Once 10 o’clock hits you can turn the orange juice into some prosecco. A little mimosa action,” says Hoppin General Manager Kyle Hefkin.

Because of state law, alcohol can’t be served until 10 in the morning.

Regardless, bars are expecting big crowds and big business. Dilworth Neighborhood Grill is opening at 9 am.

“Probably everybody really excited it’s excited to have such a great home team here. Everyone is so pumped about it, it’s electrifying,” says bar manager Catey Watkins.