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.
2016 Panthers Season Preview
The Carolina Panthers squeaked into the playoffs in 2014, with a 7-8-1 record. The Panthers 2014 season was incredibly up and down, with the team going on a 6 game losing streak, followed by a 4 game winning streak to make the playoffs. In 2015, the Panthers hope to build off of a strong finish to the season and advance farther in the NFC playoffs. To help Carolina improve in 2015, the Panthers drafted outside linebacker Shaq Thompson, and wide receiver Devin Funchess. Both players are expected to get playing time early for the Panthers and help contribute to another NFC South title. If superstar quarterback Cam Newton can play like he did the final 4 weeks of the season in 2014, the Panthers have a great shot at making another playoff run in 2015.
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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.