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About The Carolina Panthers
The Bank of America Stadium serves as the headquarters and home field for The Carolina Panthers, an Football Team from Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers, who compete in the NFL as members of the National Football Conference South division, have the unique advantage of playing in a stadium which is also owned by the team itself.
During their first season, the team played at Memorial Stadium, Clemson in South Carolina but since 1996, has been playing home games in Charlotte. Under the mentorship of Ron Rivera, who is the club’s head coach, the team has its yearly training camp at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Marty Hurney, an ex-football executive, is the current General Manager of The Carolina Panthers.
The Carolina Panthers were offered an NFL expansion franchise on 26th October 1993, after almost 6 years of hard work and perseverance. The moment was celebrated by the team and fans together amidst fireworks in downtown Charlotte. Jerry Richardson, who led the bid, commented: “This is a dream come true for me and my partners and for the 10 million people in the Carolinas”.
The “dream” was put into action by Jerry Richardson on 16th July 1987 after he met interested parties in Charlotte to discuss the practicality of applying for two NFL expansion franchises by becoming part of the multi-city competition. By 15th December, it was official that the Carolinas were in the game.
It took a year of planning and head coach cum general manager of Seahawks, Mike McCormack’s association with Richardson Sport, to boost the Carolinas’ bid.
As one of the initial requirements, Richardson Sports announced its selection of stadium site in Uptown Charlotte on 15th December 1989, which would hold close to 70,000 fans. This site was zeroed in after considering sites in both North and South Carolina.
The Panthers tasted success already in their debut game in Canton, Ohio during the Annual AFC-NFC Hall of fame game, where their opponents were the Jacksonville Jaguars, another expansion franchise in the NFL. Though the Panthers won the game with a 20-14 score, the Jacksonville Jaguars put up a great show and made it clear that both the teams were ready to compete in the NFL after gaining from the NFL’s expansion scheme and free-agent market.
The Panthers steadily worked their way up in the inaugural season and at 7-9, set a new NFL record for bringing in the maximum victories by an expansion team. During the second season, the Panthers won the NFC Western Division by a 12-4 record and went ahead to the NFC championship. The Panthers won the NFC Championship in 2003 and earned a berth in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Lineback player for the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers with twelve seasons of NFL behind him. He was also part of the United States Football League (USFL) and played three seasons with the Philadelphia Stars, winning two championships.
Entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984 after playing with the Cleveland Browns from 1954 to 1962 and being the coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Baltimore Colts. He also served as a coach in the NFL.
Steve Smith Sr.
Regarded as one of the NFL’s best wide receivers in the 21st century, he led the league in receiving yards, touchdowns, and catches throughout 2005.