Feb. 7 in Mecklenburg County is now officially “#OneCarolina Day.” At least for this year.
To thunderous applause from a large audience, commissioners – most of them sporting Carolina Panthers jerseys, hats or black-and-blue suits and shirts – voted Tuesday to adopt a resolution acknowledging the county’s day of Panthers pride.
The Panthers will face the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif.
The resolution encourages residents to wear their Panthers gear, or black, blue and white, on Super Bowl Sunday. It also praises the Panthers as positive role models, lauds the “Keep Pounding” message and highlights the Panthers putting the county and city of Charlotte in the national spotlight.
“There is electricity in the air … there is excitement in the air, there’s anticipation in the air,” commissioners Chairman Trevor Fuller said.
Riley Fields, a former county employee who now works as the Panthers’ community relations director, accepted the resolution – another speck of “fairy dust part of this memorable year” for the team, he said.
The #OneCarolina hashtag took off on social media ahead of the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 24. The Panthers beat the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in that game, securing their spot in the big game in California.