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The Carolina Panthers billed Friday’s Fan Fest as a chance for fans to check out the $65 million in upgrades to Bank of America Stadium. But the biggest attraction was quarterback Cam Newton.

Friday night’s Panthers Fan Fest was the first public event in the newly renovated Bank of America Stadium and 36,315 fans turned out to see the upgrades – both on and off the field.

Byron Bell, Amini Silatolu, Ryan Kalil, Trai Turner and Nate Chandler got the majority of first-team reps together Friday night at Fan Fest, just as they did during June’s three-day minicamp.

Former Carolina Panther Steve Smith’s toughness and bold nature have been embraced by his new Baltimore Ravens teammates. His feistiness frequently triggers memories of former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Tom Sorensen: Popular opinion seems to be that the Carolina Panthers are poised for a fall. But expect the defense to be superb again. And training camp will tell us how worried to be about receivers, offensive line.

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