• Panthers fans prep for playoff game

    By: Jenna Deery


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers will battle it out against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday for the NFC divisional playoffs and some fans already started prepping for the big game.

    As the sun set on Bank of America stadium Saturday, Panthers fan Andy Hulin got an early start setting up a tent.

    "We got to get out here and beat all of the other tailgaters," Hulin said.

    He's reserving his favorite spot near the stadium.

    "I just love this parking lot," Hulin said.

    The tent was surrounded by puddles Saturday night, but on Sunday it will be surrounded by die-hard fans.

    "Everybody here is cool who tailgates with us," Hulin said.

    They will pack the empty parking lot where a space is considered prime real estate that comes at a high price.

    Some lots are charging $55 to park close to the stadium while others are charging between $10 and $35.
    Hulin said there no team better than the Panthers.

    "There is no other," he said. "No second best. Nothing better than us."
    And he said he is a loyal fan.

    "I stick with them," Hulin said. "I think Cam will take us through to the Super Bowl."

    Hulin said he expects people to get to the parking lot as early as 6 a.m. Sunday to start tailgating for the game.
    Amidst the fun and excitement, police warn game-goers of scammers uptown.

    Police said if there is a bag-covered parking meter, don't park there even if someone says it's OK.

    It's a scam.

    Police also want people to be aware of fake tickets.

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