If you want to get in the mood for the U.S.-Belgium match, walk to Hooligan's Courtyard off Church St. in downtown Charlotte.
Fans are there more than an hour before the match, their attire a testament to red, white, and blue -- bandanas, headbands, shirts, pants. Didn't see Belgium garb, but I'm not sure I'd recognize their flag.
Passion and anticipation spill outside onto Brevard Courtyard. Fans waited four years for this and, on a Tuesday afternoon, here it is.
If you're a fan of the sport, the opportunity is fantastic.
If you, like me, are mostly caught up in the World Cup adventures of the U.S., it's a beautiful bonus.
I had to leave to go back to work. But I sit near an exit. Even though the seats will be long gone, I'll be back.