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1987
April 16 Jerry Richardson approaches NationsBank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hugh McColl, Jr. about the idea of bringing an NFL team to the Carolinas.
July 16 Jerry and Mark Richardson, NationsBank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hugh McColl, Jr., attorney Richard Thigpen, Jr., Max Muhleman of Muhleman Marketing and John Lewis of Arthur Anderson and Company meet in Charlotte to discuss the feasibility of entering the multi-city competition for two NFL expansion franchises.
August 21 Mark Richardson travels to Kansas City, MO, to select HOK Sports Facilities Group as the architects for an NFL stadium.
December 15 Jerry Richardson officially announces an NFL franchise bid and the stadium effort for the Carolinas and starts lobbying NFL owners.
1988
July 1 Jerry Richardson announces the near completion of franchise financing plans and the selection of four possible stadium sites - two in South Carolina and two in North Carolina.
1989
April 11 Mike McCormack, a Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns and former Seattle Seahawks president, general manager and head coach, joins Richardson Sports as executive consultant for the Carolinas NFL expansion effort.
August 20 At "Carolinas Kickoff 89," staged by Richardson Sports, a sellout crowd of 52,855 in Raleigh's Carter-Finley Stadium demonstrates the region's support of NFL football in the Carolinas as the New York Jets play the Philadelphia Eagles in an exhibition game.
September 5 Jerry Richardson announces the formation of a 12-member partnership group to bolster his expansion effort.
December 15 Richardson Sports selects a site in uptown Charlotte as the future site of a privately financed NFL stadium, which will seat more than 70,000 people.
1990
August 11 At Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC, a sellout crowd of 52,036 watches the Washington Redskins play the Atlanta Falcons in "Carolinas Kickoff II," a preseason game billed as the "Backyard Battle."
1991
February 26 F.N. Thompson Company of Charlotte is selected as the general contractor for the stadium.
June 26 South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell and North Carolina Governor Jim Martin officially announce their support for an NFL expansion team in the Carolinas by forming a blue-ribbon committee of leading citizens from both states.
August 24 69,117 fans cram Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC, for "Carolinas Kickoff III." The crowd represents the largest neutral-site attendance at an NFL exhibition game in ten years.
September 13 Richardson Sports submits a formal community application for a Carolinas NFL franchise along with a $100,000 deposit. The application outlines demographics, other market statistics and NationsBanks commitment to finance the stadium.
September 30 Richardson Sports submits a partnership application for a Carolinas franchise.
December 10 Richardson Sports makes a presentation to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and other NFL staff in New York.
1992
March 18 At the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix, AZ, the list of expansion candidate cities is cut from eleven to seven with the Carolinas' bid making the cut.
May 20 At the NFL league meeting in Pasadena, CA, the NFL reduces the list of expansion hopeful to five communities, including Charlotte, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Memphis and St. Louis.
September 1 Jerry and Mark Richardson present a stadium-financing plan to NFL officials. The Richardsons disclose that no public money would be used to finance the stadium. The financing plan will involve the sale of Permanent Seat Licenses (PSLs).
October 20 At the NFL owners meeting in Chicago, league officials delay expansion until 1993 because of a labor dispute involving the players union collective bargaining agreement.
1993
March 23 At the NFL league meeting in Palm Desert, CA, NFL owners announce the final timetable for expansion with plans calling for two teams to be awarded in October 1993.
April 20 The NFL approves Richardson Sports' plan to privately finance a 72,300-seat stadium with the sale of PSLs.
May 6 The NFL and its players reach a landmark settlement regarding a seven-year collective bargaining agreement, clearing the way for expansion.
May 20 Jerry Richardson unveils a model and renderings of a royal blue, silver and black, 72,300-seat stadium that would house an NFL expansion team for the Carolinas.
May 25 At the owners meeting in Atlanta, the NFL announces the price for an expansion team, $140 million.
July 1 A fair share agreement between Richardson Sports and the NAACP spells out far-reaching opportunities for minorities with the Carolinas NFL expansion team.
July 1 The sale of luxury suites, club seats and PSLs officially begins. Richardson Sports receives 15,000 pieces of mail from first-day orders collected from June 28-July 1. By the end of the day, all 8,314 club seats sell out and all 104 luxury suites are reserved and ultimately leased. (An additional 33 suites are later added to the stadium.) First day PSL orders total 41,632.
August 31 Richardson Sports delivers its financing plan to the NFL in New York.
September 3 The ticket campaign for potential NFL expansion cities ends with the Carolinas receiving orders for 104 luxury suites, 8,314 club seats and 49,724 PSLs. Deposits for luxury suites, club seats and PSLs total $54 million, representing a total pledge of $112.7 million.
September 10 Richardson Sports gives the NFL term sheets for loans to construct a state-of-the-art stadium and purchase the franchise.
September 13 Richardson Sports and Clemson University announce that the Carolinas expansion team would play its first season (1995) at Clemson Memorial Stadium.
September 22 Richardson Sports makes a presentation to the NFL Expansion and Finance Committees and league officials, including Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. They report to the league that NationsBank and Wachovia have posted a $30 million guarantee to purchase unsold PSLs. Effectively, the stadium is sold out, and total money pledged is $142.7 million.
October 26 At the league meeting in Chicago, NFL owners unanimously select the Carolinas as the 29th NFL franchise and the first expansion team since 1976. Owners also vote to delay selection of the second franchise until November 30th with Baltimore, St. Louis, Jacksonville and Memphis still under consideration.
1994
January 1 Jon Richardson officially joins the Carolina Panthers as director of stadium operations.
January 3 The Carolina Panthers put 12,000 remaining PSLs on sale. All orders received from January 3-8 are given first-day priority. In addition, the team announces that the remaining PSLs will be on sale until they are sold out. In all, Panthers fans respond from 16 states and the District of Columbia during the weeklong priority period.
January 12 Jerry Richardson announces the hiring of veteran NFL executive Bill Polian as general manager and the promotion of Mike McCormack to president.
April 22 Led by owner and founder Jerry Richardson, the Carolina Panthers hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the stadiums uptown site in Charlotte, NC. The construction is expected to take 27 months to complete.
April 24 The Carolina Panthers move to the front of the 1995 draft when owner and founder Jerry Richardson wins a coin flip with Wayne Weaver of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the NFL draft in New York.
May 3 Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC is chosen as the team's training camp site.
May 26 NFL owners vote to pit the expansion Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars against one another in the 1995 Hall of Fame game. The game will be the first in team history for both franchises.
July 19 The Carolina Panthers select Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, as the team's temporary practice site until completion of the team's facilities in Charlotte.
October 5 The Carolina Panthers hold their first free agent workout at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.
November 2 NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue slots the Carolina Panthers in the NFC West with the Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers.
December 15 The Carolina Panthers sign the first players in team history. Matt Campbell, Randy Cuthbert, Kevin Farkas, Mike Finn, Willie Green, Carlson Leomiti, Darryl Moore, Tony Smith, Lawyer Tillman and Eric Weir makeup the original ten.
1995
January 4 The Panthers hire the team's first coaches, adding offensive line coach Jim McNally and wide receivers coach Richard Williamson, both from the Cincinnati Bengals.
January 23 The Panthers name Dom Capers from the Pittsburgh Steelers as the first head coach in team history. Under Capers, the Steelers defense surrendered the fewest points in the NFL during his three seasons as defensive coordinator.
February 15 The Carolina Panthers select 35 players in the expansion draft. With the second overall pick, they choose cornerback Rod Smith from the New England Patriots.
February 20 The Carolina Panthers sign the first two unrestricted free agents in team history: kicker John Kasay from the Seattle Seahawks and defensive end Mike Fox from the New York Giants.
April 4 The Panthers take the field for the first time as a team in the first of a series of off-season workout sessions.
April 22 The Carolina Panthers make Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins the team's first draft choice, choosing him with the fifth overall selection, acquired from Cincinnati.
May 2 Panthers Owner and Founder Jerry Richardson resigns as chairman of Flagstar in order to devote his attention to his involvement in NFL activities. Richardson serves on several NFL committees.
May 3 Carolinas Stadium Corp hosts topping out ceremonies at the stadium, recognizing that construction has reached its highest point.
July 14 The Panthers report to the team's first ever training camp, marking the official beginning of the inaugural season.
July 29 The Carolina Panthers defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-14 in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH. The Panthers become the first team in NFL history to win its inaugural contest.
September 3 The Panthers lose 23-20 in overtime to the Atlanta Falcons in the team's first regular-season game.
October 15 The Panthers win their first game in franchise history, defeating the New York Jets 26-15. Sam Mills highlights the victory with a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown.
November 5 Carolina wins an expansion-record fourth game in a row, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 13-7 at 3Com Park. It is the first time in league history that an expansion team has defeated the defending Super Bowl champion.
December 24 The Panthers end their inaugural season with a 7-9 record, more than doubling the previous expansion-best mark of three wins. The NFLs seventh ranked defense had the best record of any non-playoff team during the seasons last eleven weeks, posting a 7-4 mark after opening the season 0-5. Carolina posts an expansion-best 5-3 home record at its home-away-from-home field at Clemson Memorial Stadium.
1996
June 26 Carolina Panthers Director of Business Operations Mark Richardson announces an agreement to name the Panthers new home Ericsson Stadium.
July 26 The six bronze panthers that flank the stadium's three main entrances are unveiled. The statues are the largest sculptures ever commissioned in the United States.
July 27 The gates of Ericsson Stadium are opened for the first time at PSL Owner Appreciation Day, the first public event in the stadium.
August 3 The Panthers defeat the Chicago Bears, 30-12, in a preseason game, the team's first contest at their new home.
September 1 Carolina defeats the Atlanta Falcons, 29-6, in the first regular season game at Ericsson Stadium.
December 22 The Panthers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 18-14, with a last minute goal-line stand and, as a result, finish the season with a 12-4 record and win the NFC West division title. The team recovered from a 5-4 start to win its last seven games and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.
1997
January 5 Carolina defeats the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, 26-17, in the team's first playoff game.
March 12 Mike McCormack announces his retirement as president of the Carolina Panthers, ending a 46-year NFL career as a player, coach and executive.
April 2 Jon Richardson is named president of Carolinas Stadium Corp, and Mark Richardson is named president of the Carolina Panthers.
September 21 Mike McCormack is inducted as the first member of the Carolina Panthers Hall of Honor.
1998
September 27 Sam Mills is inducted into the Carolina Panthers Hall of Honor, becoming the first former player to be so recognized.
1999
January 4 George Seifert, who guided San Francisco to two Super Bowl titles as head coach and won a total of five Super Bowls with the 49ers, is named the second head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
2001
May 22 NFL owners vote to realign into eight, four-team divisions. Beginning in 2002, the Carolina Panthers will move to the newly created NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
2002
January 25 The Panthers name John Fox from the New York Giants as the third head coach in team history. In Fox's five years as New York's defensive coordinator, the Giants defenses were characterized by success against the run, pressure on the passer, a penchant for takeaways and strong play in the red zone.
February 22 Marty Hurney is promoted to General Manager from Director of Football Operations.
2003
December 14 Carolina defeats the Arizona Cardinals, 20-17, on a John Kasay game-winning 49-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to clinch the NFC South division title and earn the Panthers their second-ever playoff berth.
2004
January 3 The Panthers make their first postseason appearance since 1996 and produce a 29-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC Wild Card Playoff game.
January 10 In the NFC Divisional Playoffs, Carolina and St. Louis play the fifth-longest game in NFL history. The Panthers earn a dramatic 29-23 win against the Rams when Steve Smith catches a 69-yard touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme in the second overtime.
January 16 Carolina Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson announces an agreement to rename the Panthers home Bank of America Stadium.
January 18 The Panthers win the NFC Championship with a 14-3 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.
February 1 Carolina faces the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
September 13 The Panthers celebrate their 10th season by recognizing their 10-year anniversary team.
2005
August 13 Sam Mills, who served as Carolina's inspirational leader as a player and coach, has his number 51 retired, becoming the first Panthers player to have his number retired.
2006
January 1 Carolina defeats the Atlanta Falcons, 44-11, in the regular season finale to clinch the franchise's third-ever playoff berth.
January 15 The Panthers win their fourth consecutive road game in the playoffs with a 29-21 NFC Divisional Playoff victory over the Chicago Bears to equal the NFL record for the most consecutive road postseason wins.
2008
December 28 Carolina defeats the New Orleans Saints, 33-31, on a John Kasay game-winning 42-yard field goal with one second remaining to clinch the NFC South division title and earn the franchise's fourth-ever playoff berth.
2009
September 1 Jon Richardson resigns as president of Bank of America Stadium and Mark Richardson resigns as president of the Carolina Panthers.
September 2 Danny Morrison is named president of the Carolina Panthers. He joins the organization with experience as Texas Christian University athletics director, Southern Conference commissioner and Wofford College athletics director and senior vice president.
2011
January 11 Ron Rivera is named the fourth head coach in Carolina Panthers history. He coached the NFL's top-ranked defense as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers in 2010 and played on the NFL's top-ranked defense as a linebacker for the Chicago Bears in 1985. He also served as the Bears' defensive coordinator from 2004-06 before joining the Chargers in 2007.
April 28 The Panthers choose Auburn quarterback and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton with the first overall selection in the NFL Draft. It marked the first time that Carolina ever picked first in the NFL Draft. Newton will be named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year after accounting for an NFL rookie record 35 touchdowns (21 passing, 14 rushing), passing for an NFL rookie record 4,051 yards and rushing for an NFL record 14 touchdowns by a quarterback.
2012
January 29 Carolina makes the first logo refinement in the franchise's 18-year history. The updated identity reflects a modernized version of the previous logo and logotype and visually connects the two together. The logo has been designed to provide a more aggressive, contemporary look with the primary tweaks in the features of the eyes and mouth while making it more three-dimensional.
2013
January 9 Dave Gettleman is named general manager of the Carolina Panthers. He brings 25 years of NFL scouting experience to the organization, the last 15 with the New York Giants where he worked for 13 seasons as the pro personnel director.
December 29 The Panthers defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 21-20, in the regular season finale to win the NFC South division title and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs. The team recovers from a 1-3 start with a franchise-record eight-game winning streak and finishes the regular season with 12 victories.
2014
January 21 Construction begins on the most significant renovations to Bank of America Stadium since opening in 1996. Enhancements include the installation of escalators at the three entry gates, two ribbon boards that encircle the entire bowl at the club and upper bowl levels, two 63-foot high x 212-foot long high-definition video boards above each end zone, and a high-efficiency, high-octave distributed sound system throughout the bowl.
December 28 With the NFC South division title in the balance, Carolina routs the Atlanta Falcons, 34-3, in the regular season finale. The Panthers become the first team in NFC South history to win consecutive division championships since realignment in 2002 and the first team since 1970 to overcome a six-game losing streak during the season and win their division.
2015
December 6 Carolina defeats the New Orleans Saints, 41-38, as quarterback Cam Newton throws game-winning 15-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, with 1:05 remaining to clinch the NFC South division title for the third consecutive season.
2016
January 3 The Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 38-10, to finish the season with an NFL-best 15-1 record and clinch homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Carolina sets a franchise record with 15 victories and becomes just the seventh team in NFL history to win 15 games in a season.
January 17 Carolina storms out to a 31-0 halftime lead in NFC Divisional Playoff versus the Seattle Seahawks en route to the team's fourth trip to the NFC Championship.
January 24 The Panthers host the NFC Championship for the first time in franchise history and set a record for the most points in an NFC title game, routing the Arizona Cardinals 49-15.
February 7 Carolina makes its second ever appearance in the Super Bowl, taking on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.