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Panthers’ fans whoop it up ... weather-permitting

The weather threatens Day 2 of Charlotte’s three-day pep rally in advance of the Panthers’ playoff appearance, but forecasters promise splendid conditions for game day Sunday.

Meteorologists say that the sun will be shining and that temperatures will be in the 50s when Carolina and San Francisco meet at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.

The weekend party began Friday evening with a pep rally and pub crawl at EpiCentre, the site of most pregame activities this weekend.

For $15, Panthers fans can participate in the rally, get a T-shirt, and visit EpiCentre’s bars without paying a cover charge.

A family-friendly event is scheduled Saturday at EpiCentre, weather permitting, and that could be a problem.

Meteorologists are predicting a 100 percent chance of rain.

“It could be raining at any time, and we’re looking at a potential total of up to 2 inches,” said James Oh of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.

And there’s more.

“There’s even a chance of severe thunderstorms,” Oh added, saying temperatures will climb into the mid- and upper 60s.

Saturday’s rally, which includes live music, face-painting and more, is planned from noon to 5 p.m. at the EpiCentre, on East Trade Street. There is no admission charge.

All of that sets the stage for Sunday.

“That should be the nicest day,” Oh said. “It will clear up and will be a little cooler (than Saturday), but the sun will be shining.”

Highs are expected to be in the mid- and upper 50s.

City rallies behind Panthers: In addition to declaring Fan Friday and encouraging Charlotte-area residents to wear Panthers gear this weekend, the city is hanging banners around uptown. And Charlotte Area Transit System will have “Go Panthers” messages on buses and light rail cars.

“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,” said Tom Murray, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

Mass transit to the game? CATS says it is adding trains to the light rail schedule between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Trains will run every 10 minutes, and extra trains also will run after the game.

Biscuit celebration: A number of companies are rallying behind the Panthers this weekend. One example: Bojangles’, an official sponsor of the team, will sell two sausage biscuits for $1 on Monday, with a limit of two per customer. That’s half the price.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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