The Carolina Panthers are enjoying a perfect 7-0 record, the best start in team history, that is sure to be tested by the incoming Green Bay Packers and their quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
If you’re going, expect to greet a sold-out crowd.
Some things to remember:
▪ Back to 1 p.m.: After three weeks of unfamiliar kick-off times – 4:05 p.m. on Oct. 18 against Seattle, 8:30 p.m. two weeks ago against Philadelphia, and last week’s Monday Night Football game against Indianapolis, Sunday’s kick-off returns to the more traditional 1 p.m.
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▪ The weather: Last Monday’s game was played in the rain. It rained much of the week in Charlotte, including Saturday. But for a change, there’s zero percent chance of precipitation by kick-off though the sun – remember what that looked like? – is not expected to slip out. The high will be on the coolish side, perfect for football, at 59 degrees. So bring your favorite Panthers wind-breaker or sweat shirt.
▪ Come early: Panther officials are still trying to figure out how four environmental activists got climbing gear into the stadium during last Monday’s game, when two of them rappelled off the top section. With attendance at 74,136, reviewing surveillance cameras was difficult.
Team officials say no special security or screening changes are planned for the Packers game. Procedures and policies will be reviewed with those working the three stadium gates. Expect the gate-keepers to be more vigilant with bag searches – slowing down entry.