Football in Charlotte has officially arrived.
Before walking into Bank of America Stadium last Saturday, I had the opportunity to walk the streets of the community and take in sights and scenes before Charlotte FC's first-ever home MLS match.
Wandering through local bars and restaurants, as well as the tailgates that manned almost every local parking lot, it was evident that this expansion side had taken over the Queen City.
I stumbled upon a group of young players kicking the ball around outside the stadium and asked each of them who their favorite player was.
It's a new club. There aren't a ton of recognizable names, and yet, each kid named a different player.