I want to say THANK YOU to #roaringriot for your awesome inside work with this. Yes its a free country, yes there are a lot of Steeler fans in Charlotte and yes they could make some money doing this.
But I can tell you if someone tried doing this in Pittsburgh odds are their bar would be lit on fire and there is no problem at all with us local fans taking a stand against such a big event. There are plenty of "Steelers bars" in town, let them go nuts. The idea of a big local spot like Epicentre kowtowing to opposing team fans is indeed an insult and we could make a negative impact on Panthers events held there in the future. Heck I have an event planned at Howl for our Canadian chapters visit and would cancel it in a heartbeat if it sounded like it would help this effort.
I needed to lay low on this one because I'm friends and colleagues with those guys. But I'm glad that people took the bait I was hanging out there and ran with it. Wasn't right for me to lead the charge but those who did were effective. Never wanted to trash the bars or anything, just wanted to make it clear that our community and fans weren't going to tolerate it.