In a town that breaths Nascar sits one of the most modern stadiums in the NFL, with 73,000 seats it is larger than all British football stadiums with the exception of the National Stadiums and with a team that fails to achieve, filling it for home games is some achievement.
Wednesday at 10am and again on Fridays, The Carolina Panthers take guided tours, including Away Changing rooms, Main Grandstands, edge of pitch, restaurants, private boxes and press facilities - the only thing missing was the home dressing room? If you’re British you will be surprised at the size of the pitch, it’s like a large tennis court! From pitch side the backdrop of the city behind the stands is awesome, take your camera there are no restrictions on photography.
@ just $5, the tour is a snip, it fills one and half hours of interest for us Brits and a must do for the fans of the NFL, during the tour the information just kept flowing on a giant wave of enthusiasm from our guide who was worth far more than $5.
We visited just days before the 2012 Super Bowl and The Patriots were the focus of all the fun and banter between our small group (6) ( They are the Manchester United of the NFL)
The site offers free parking next to the South Stand, be on site by 9.45 and wait outside the ticket office to be collected by your guide, the tour ends at the club shop (Why wouldn’t it?) where you can pick up everything from a toothbrush to a full replica kit covered in Panthers logo's, its merchandise world!
Having done the tour I feel that I understand the game and the circus that surrounds it much clearer and am now looking forward to my visit later in the year when I hope to take in a game, for all who visit for a game prepare yourself to pay double the price for food and drink that you would expect to pay in the UK at a game, but it will be piping hot or freezing cold not luke warm for both!
Thank you Panthers for a most enjoyable experience.