The Panthers will conduct their first preseason practice at the newly renovated Bank of America Stadium on Friday.
Fans get in free to the event, which starts at 5 p.m. with performances by the TopCats cheerleaders, PurrCussion and Black & Blue Crew. All fans attending Friday will receive a 2014 team roster photo card with the 2014 schedule. A sponsor village at the North Gate will have giveaways, music, interactive games and more.
The team practice will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Panthers personnel will hold a Q&A session with fans afterwards. A performance by Voltage Brothers and fireworks at 9 p.m. will wrap up the festival.
For this event only, strollers and video cameras will be allowed inside the stadium. Transparent, plastic, vinyl or PVC bags smaller than 12" x 6" x 12" will be allowed after inspection. Get full information on the stadium's policies, at Panthers.com.• Panthers training camp will be held at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., again this year, starting Saturday. The full schedule includes 14 days of practice in Spartanburg. Players will give away a limited number of T-shirts at practices on July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12.
• Special fan activities are scheduled for the first weekend of training camp. On Saturday, there will be a free Back to Football Party at Gibbs Stadium from 4-6:30 p.m. Food, games and performances by team entertainers and cheerleaders will be part of the event. On Sunday, the NFL Play 60 campaign will feature a Kids Combine, mascot and cheerleaders appearances, face painting and fitness activities from 2-4:30 p.m.
• Directions to the Spartanburg training camp facility from Charlotte:
Take I-85 South to exit 72 (I-585). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left toward Spartanburg. Cross over Business I-85. I-585 becomes Pine Street into Spartanburg. After crossing over Business I-85, turn right onto Twitty Street and into training camp at the second stoplight. Free parking is provided at the top of the hill on the right of Twitty Street. The practice fields are on the left.
Note: Practice times are subject to change without notice.