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In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, a sign proclaims Denver, N.C. as the

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, a sign proclaims Denver, N.C. as the "Denver of the East". This unincorporated town about a half-hour from Charlotte is full of Carolina Panthers fans. And with the Panthers facing the Denver Broncos in SundayГ­s Super Bowl, the town is enjoying some extra attention. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Different Denver enjoying attention

By Aaron Beard

The Associated Press

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There are hardly any Broncos fans these days in Denver — Denver, N.C., that is.

Instead, this unincorporated town about a half-hour from Charlotte is full of Carolina Panthers fans. With the Panthers facing the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl, the town is enjoying some extra attention as the self-described “Denver of the East.”


“It’s pretty cool, especially being a small town and all of a sudden that little small town is getting reporters and (being) recognized for having the name Denver,” restaurant owner Michael Bryant said. “Just about everywhere you go, you say you’re from Denver and you’ve got to explain where because people automatically assume you’re from Colorado.”

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