With football season upon us, here’s how to catch a view of the Carolina Panthers when they take the field at Bank of America Stadium for the first time in 2017 during Fan Fest.
The annual public practice is Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The stadium opens at 6 p.m. and there will be performances from the Panthers drum line, PurrCussion, and the Panthers cheerleaders, as well as an appearance from team mascot Sir Purr. The performances will be followed by the practice, then a fireworks and laser show.
The practice will feature individual drills as well as a seven-on-seven drill, in addition to special teams and other work. All fans will leave with a team roster photo card.
The team sparked controversy in July by announcing it would charge a fee for the event for the first time. The move to charge $5 was a result of safety concerns after a high demand for last year’s Fan Fest following the Panthers’ Super Bowl run.
Tickets went on sale July 22. Seats were still available Thursday on Ticketmaster, and tickets can be accessed through the Panthers website. The team limits tickets to six per household. All proceeds will go toward the Panthers charities, according to the team website.
Usual game day stadium policies will be enforced. For example, backpacks and purses are prohibited from the stadium, as they are during games.
Normal parking is available, and fans can enjoy the usual concessions.
The team’s other practices during training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., will remain free and open to the public. Training camp ends Aug. 13.
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