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Thousands of Panthers fans flood uptown Charlotte for Fan Fest despite storms

Thousands of Panthers fans flood uptown Charlotte for Fan Fest despite storms


PARK AS WELL. THIS WEATHER PATTERN WILL CONTINUE. I WILL BREAK DOWN THE RAIN CHANCES THROUGH THE WEEKEND COMING UP. PANTHERS FAN FEST GOT OFF TO A WET START THIS AFTERNOON THANKS TO ALL OF THAT RAIN TONIGHT. FANS WERE DETERMINED TO SEE THOSE PLAYERS AT BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM. IT WAS ALL FUN AND GAMES, UNTIL THE RAIN CAME. THE DOWNPOURS DIDN’T HAVE TO LAST LONG TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION, IT WAS HARD NOT TO FIND FANS WRAPPED UP IN THEIR OWN PLASTIC BUBBLE, OR TAKING COVER, ANYTHING TO STAY DRY. I WATCHED THE FORECAST ON CHANNEL 9 NEWS. I KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. Reporter: OTHER FANS CAME PREPARED, JUST IN CASE. WHEN YOU’VE WAITED A LIFETIME FOR THIS MOMENT, LIKE THIS FAMILY, AT PANTHERS STADIUM FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. AGO, PANTHERS. IT IS DEFINITELY REALLY BIG, SO MUCH BIGGER. Reporter: NOTHING COULD STOP THEM, NOT EVEN THIS. THE LOOKS ON THEIR FACES, AND JUST WALKING UP TO THE STADIUM AND SEEING HOW BIG IT IS, IT HAS BEEN GREAT. WE HOPE THAT THEY REMEMBER IT, AND WE MAKE SOME GOOD MEMORIES TONIGHT.>NOW, OUR SPORTS DIRECTOR IS STILL INSIDE BANK OF AMERICA RIGHT NOW, BILL, TONIGHT GAVE THOSE FAMILIES A FIRST GLIMPSE OF WHAT THIS UPCOMING SEASON COULD BE LIKE. Reporter: YES, THOSE THAT STICK AROUND, ABOUT 30 MINUTES AFTER THE PANTHERS ANNOUNCED THE FAN FEST WAS A SELLOUT, THE TICKETS WERE SNATCHED UP AT FIVE DOLLARS APIECE, THE SKIES OPENED UP OVER THE STADIUM, BUT THOSE THAT STUCK AROUND, THEY WERE REWARDED, IT WAS ONE OF THE MORE SPIRITED PRACTICES OF TRAINING CAMP. THEY WERE ENJOYING PLAYING IN THE STADIUM FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JANUARY. THEY WERE FEEDING OFF THE CROWD AS MUCH AS HE WAS FEEDING THE COWARD — CROWD ENERGY. THERE ARE OTHER GREAT QUARTERBACKS IN THE LEAGUE BUT FEW WHO CAN CAPTIVATE A CROWD, AND THE FANS RESPONDED IN KIND, WHY LET A LITTLE WET WEATHER RUIN YOUR NIGHT? THERE WAS A LOT OF ENERGY, I THINK THE PLAYERS FED OFF OF IT VERY NICELY. IT WAS NICE TO SEE THEM COME OUT AND CHEER US ON. HE REALLY ENJOYS THE ATMOSPHERE , HE FEEDS OFF OF THEIR ENERGY. IT WAS COOL TO SEE HIM HAVE A

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