CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Extra security will be on hand for Sunday's Carolina Panthers game against the Minnesota Vikings, according to city officials.
Interim City Manager Ron Kimble has declared the Sept. 25 game an Extraordinary Event to enhance public safety.
The game will be held at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.
A signed copy of the declaration for can be found here: Sept. 25 Panthers game
An Extraordinary Event is defined as a large scale event or an event of national or international significance which might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city.
The City Manager, in collaboration with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, has determined this event meets the criteria as defined in Charlotte City Code Sec. 15-310.
The Extraordinary Event designation allows the city to modify its permitting process for activities such as parades and specifies particular items that are prohibited from being brought into certain boundaries of the event.
During Thursday night demonstrations in Uptown, protesters alluded that they would try to "shut down" the game.
At a press conference this week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney wanted to assure all Panther fans that the game will go on as planned.
"We have adequate resources to ensure the safety of the city we are in good shape. We're not going to change the staffing model...we're going to make sure we're ready and we strongly encourage the NFL to allow our Panthers to be victorious on Sunday," Chief Putney said.
Officials from the NFL and the Carolina Panthers met on Thursday to discuss possibly moving Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
In a statement, the NFL said they are "planning to play the game as scheduled."
"We are monitoring events in Charlotte and have been in communication with local officials and authorities, and both the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings."