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The Panthers released their 2019 training camp dates Wednesday morning, announcing 14 dates that will be open to the public at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Training camp opens on Thursday, July 25 with the team’s annual kickoff party prior to practice; fans will celebrate the start of what will likely be the final training camp in Spartanburg at Gibbs Stadium from 4-6:30 p.m., before practice begins – admission will be free and festivities include onfield performances by the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and the Black & Blue Crew – the Panthers always have vendors and other tricks up their sleeves before Cam and the rest of the Panthers put on their show under the lights.
This camp will be a little bit different as the team will welcome their doppelgangers to the north, the Buffalo Bills, to share the fields at Wofford for the final two practices of camp ahead of their preseason matchup at Bank of America Stadium. The Bills will share the fields with the Panthers on August 13th and 14th before the preseason game on the 16th. This will be the second year in a row the Panthers have played the Bills in the preseason, but expect less fireworks before the game begins as Kelvin Benjamin is no longer on the Bills’ – or any NFL team’s – roster.
The joint practices add a little bit of extra juice to the training camp proceedings – the Panthers last held joint practices in Nashville with the Titans in 2017.
“The joint practices are an opportunity for us to get some quality work done,” said head coach Ron Rivera. “We’ve done it before and had good success. They are high intensity workouts and give our players different looks against different people. There is a little bit more of a challenge, especially for the quarterbacks.”
“I’m pretty excited about that.”
One of the highlights of the training camp is the Panthers Fan Fest, which is held annually at Bank of America Stadium – the first time you’ll be able to see your favorite team on their home turf will be Friday, August 2nd, with gates opening at 6pm.
In a special treat, for the first time ever, the Roaring Riot will have their own designated section in the lower level at Fan Fest – be sure to check their website on July 12th as Roaring Riot members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the loudest section at Bank of America Stadium. Tickets to Fan Fest are $5 and proceeds will benefit Carolina Panthers Charities and its ongoing mission to serve the needs of communities across the Carolinas.
As they did last year, the Roaring Riot will have corresponding events throughout late July and early August for Panthers fans traveling to Spartanburg to watch their favorite Panthers compete on the fields in Spartanburg – stay tuned!