CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police will be increasing security for the Carolina Panthers' playoff game with the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.
Police say they are increasing the number of officers in the downtown area starting Friday and running through the weekend. The game is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
About 75,000 fans will be in Bank of America Stadium. Capt. Mike Campagna says thousands more are likely to watch the game in uptown bars and restaurants.
"What we see is a lot more hype - a lot more events going on, a lot more bars hosting parties, a lot more of our venues uptown that are attracting people to the game," Campagna said.
Police are warning people to be aware of those who might sell counterfeit tickets.
"There's a national circuit of counterfeit ticket (sellers) that follow teams that do really well," Campagna said. "We know they'll be in town. That's why we're asking citizens to be cognizant of who they're buying tickets from."
Police also are warning people about those who might direct cars to park in improper areas.
"There are some people that will try to direct you to bad places and take your money, and then you come out and your car is towed," Campagna said.
Police also are warning people not to leave valuables in sight in their vehicles.