CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The weather could be a factor in Wednesday’s Belk Bowl game between North Carolina State and Mississippi State.
Currently, there is chance of rain and thunderstorms in the forecast. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium, but fans will be out around the stadium earlier in the day taking in the bowl’s “FanFest.”
FanFest is free to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. with country superstar Carrie Underwood set to perform at 1 p.m. The performance will be on a stage located at the corner of Stonewall and Poplar streets in uptown Charlotte.
The Belk Bowl tweeted that the concert will go on unless “weather conditions are such that by having the concert we would be jeopardize the safety of our patrons.”
The statement said that bowl officials will “be monitoring the weather situation throughout the day.”
As for the game itself, both teams have been getting ready for the big ACC-SEC showdown all week.
Tuesday morning, Jaylen Samuels, a Charlotte native and N.C. State tight end, said he didn’t think the weather will keep fans away.
“I got a lot of family and friends coming. I don’t think they will really care or it will really matter if it rains or not,” Samuels said. “They are coming from out of town so I don’t think it will really matter.”
If storms role in before or during the game, the NCAA requires a 30 minute delay, which starts after the last sound of thunder and after the last flash of lightning is at least six miles away.
N.C. State quarterback Jacoby Brissett talked about playing in the wet weather.
“We got to concentrate on taking care of the ball more and you know just go out there and execute our plan,” Brissett said. “We can’t control the weather but we can control what we can do.”
While the sun is set to return this weekend, field crews will only have a few days to get the field ready for the Panthers game on Sunday.