Carolina Panthers fan guide

Cam Newton, #1 of the Carolina Panthers, reacts after a play against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Since the team began play in 1995, the Carolina Panthers have experienced great success, winning several division titles. The Panthers have developed a loyal fan base, as can be seen on game day in Charlotte.

Local fans tend to buy up most of the seats in the 74,500-seat stadium. Visitors hoping to catch a game at Bank of America Stadium will have the best chance of finding tickets through the Bank of America Stadium box office.

Directions and parking

There are multiple commercial parking lots and decks within a 10- to 15-minute walk from the stadium, but the spots are leased by game or season. Before heading to the stadium, visit the parking guide.

The Panthers official website also has information regarding accommodations on shuttles, accommodations for fans with disabilities, RV parking, Uber, taxis, buses and trains.

If you want to tailgate, make sure it's allowed in the parking area you are using. There's a designated area called Pantherfanz Tailgating where you can bring your own grill or cooler and set up. The site has every imaginable bit of news on tailgating at Panthers' games. It is the definitive place to plan and gather information, from buying a ticket to parking to getting a drink and a burger before and after the game!

Refer to the team site for game-day information. The stadium map with seating areas is particularly informative and helpful.

There's information on stadium tours that take place on off-days, which is a good way to get your bearings or to learn more about the facility. You can also schedule parties at the stadium for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions.

Pregame activities

The Carolina Panthers have a game day fan zone called the Panthers Lair that opens about two hours before kickoff. It's free to fans and you can hear music, meet the mascot Sir Purr and get autographs from the TopCats, the team's cheerleaders. It also includes food trucks, sponsor giveaways, interactive games and a DJ.

Panthers in the Park is a pregame interactive area for children that allows them to engage in football skills and physical activities that promote youth fitness.

You can send a scoreboard greeting to a friend in the stadium, but it costs $175 and lasts about eight seconds.

Nearby restaurants and bars

The Coca-Cola Dog House is the epicenter of Charlotte tailgating madness and is a popular joint close to the stadium. Food, drink, waitresses in game jerseys, a miniature football field out back for play or lounging and you have a lot of atmosphere unique to the area.

Draught is a beer bar in the area that provides a good place to wind up and cool down before and after games. Travel Savvy offers an expansive article on the Charlotte game-day experience, with handy links to joints near the stadium well-suited to any kind of pregame beverages a fan might desire.