The Carolina Panthers were awarded an expansion team in 1993, becoming the 29th franchise in the NFL. When the team began playing football in 1995, things came surprisingly easily to the new club. After a 7-9 finish in their inaugural season, the Panthers won the NFC West in 1996 with a 12-4 record. With the exception of down years in 1998 and 2001, the Panthers hovered right around .500 until winning the division for the second time in franchise history in 2003. With an offense featuring quarterback Jake Delhomme, running back Deshaun Foster and wide receivers Steve Smith and Mushin Muhammad, Carolina made it to the Super Bowl in 2003, only to be stopped by the New England Patriots. Though the Panthers haven’t won the division since 2003, they have made two more playoff appearances—wild card spots in both 2005 and 2008. We are currently in the middle of the new era of Carolina football, the era of phenom quarterback Cam Newton running the offense. The only player in the Carolina Panthers Hall of Honor is former linebacker Sam Mills. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Carolina Panthers tickets.
2015 Panthers Season Preview
The Panthers put together a season that tied the franchise record for most wins, and this year they’ll be aiming for a Super Bowl. Cam Newton and a very stout Carolina defense led the team to win 11 of their last 12 games, including victories over the 49ers, Patriots, and Saints. Newton will have to get on the same page with some new receivers quickly, as he lost his top three guys in Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. Replacing them is Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant, as well as draft pick Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State. On defense, the Panthers were able to secure Greg Hardy for the season, and along with Charles Johnson they’ll look to give opposing QBs fits once again. Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis were also solid in the linebacking corps, and if Carolina can hold good offenses like they did in 2013, watch out for the Panthers. Carolina opens the season in Tampa, and will host the Detroit Tigers with the first home game. A slew of tough opponents are on the schedule in October, including away games in Cincinnati and Green Bay and home contests with the Bears, Seahawks and Saints.
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Carolina Panthers Football at Bank of America Stadium Address: 800 S Mint St, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202
The Panthers play their home games at Bank of America Stadium, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Opened in 1996, after one year of the Panthers playing football in Charleston, South Carolina, Bank of America Stadium holds nearly 74 thousand screaming Carolina fans when filled to capacity. Bank of America Stadium was built specifically with the Panthers in mind, evident by the colors of the building itself—Carolina black, silver and blue. The Carolina Panthers home bench is on the Bank of America Stadium sideline with sections 125-138, so if you want to enjoy the game near the team, get Carolina Panthers tickets in these sections. Bank of America Stadium parking is covered in our Panthers event guide.
Known as the “I-85 Rivalry” for the close proximity, these two teams have developed a heated rival over the years. Both teams have combined for 6+ division titles and have both played in the Super Bowl. With only five hours separating the two teams, the intensity level always seems to be at its highest when they meet two times a year.
Panthers vs. Buccaneers
This rivalry took off after NFL realignment and they began matching up two times a year. Often the most physical games of the season on the schedule, many players have been lost due to injury when these two teams faceoff. Players have been ejected and trash-talk leading up to the game has intensified this rivalry.
Panthers in the Super Bowl, NFC Championship and in the NFL Playoffs
The Panthers have been in the NFL since 1995 and they already have won an NFC Championship and a division title 3+ times. With multiple playoff appearances, the Panthers continue to build on the success they have had in a short amount of time in the league.
Carolina Panthers Event Guide
What is the best place to hang out before a Panthers home game at Bank of America Stadium?
The area immediately across from BOA Stadium doesn’t have as many local restaurants as some NFL stadiums, but the Panthers make up for that with a variety of fan friendly activities. The Panthers Lair is a free pregame area that has face painting, interactive games and the Panthers cheerleaders. A short walk from the stadium is the Fuel up to Play 60 Kids Combine which offers an area for kids to run a 40-yard dash, catch passes or other fun games.
Where are the best places to eat in Charlotte before a Panthers home game?
Bank of America Stadium is just minutes from downtown Charlotte, where there are a variety of great restaurants. Visit Barrington’s Restaurant for an intimate bistro experience, but make a reservation because it only seats 45. BLT Steak in the Ritz-Carlton combines awesome food with a great outside area. For an adventure, try the Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar and get the burgushi roll (hamburger ingredients inside of a rice roll).
Does Bank of America Stadium offer Wi-Fi?
Yes, there is free Wi-Fi available to Carolina Panthers tickets holders throughout the stadium. AT&T has over 450 access points to ensure that fans stay connected to all of the action.
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