Fans invited to stadium practice

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CHARLOTTE - Fans are invited to Bank of America Stadium to watch the Panthers' final minicamp session on June 14, head coach Ron Rivera announced Thursday.

"We'd most certainly love to have our fans come out and be a part of practice," Rivera said after the conclusion of the team's 10th and final Organized Team Activity. "It will be a good chance for people to see what we have, and at the same time it will give our players a chance to get inside our stadium before we have to play in it."

The practice, scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and run for about two hours, will wrap up a three-day minicamp and cap the Panthers' nine-week offseason program. Fans can enter the stadium via the East Gate beginning at 11 a.m. and will be able to watch practice from the stands in the East end zone.

There is no admission charge, and a limited number of concession stands will be open.

"They'll basically see a practice like they would if they went to Wofford (for training camp), except there is no contact," Rivera said. "We traditionally haven't practiced in our stadium until Fan Fest (scheduled for Aug. 4 this year) and then we play our first preseason game. But this is an opportunity for our guys to get on the field and feel what it's like to be in our stadium so that the first time we do it we're not in awe.

"It's also for the fans because we know not everybody can get down to see us at Wofford from Charlotte."

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