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Get early season insight at Fan Fest


New look, new store, new season.

Panthers fans are invited to celebrate all of that and more at Fan Fest, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Bank of America Stadium. Admission is free, and all fans will receive a 2012 team roster photo card with a schedule for the upcoming season.

This year's event will feature the grand re-opening of the Team Store, which was renovated in the offseason. Nike and New Era apparel will be available for purchase at the Team Store, Sideline Shop at Gate 105 and Jersey Shop at Gate 139. 

The day starts at 7:30 a.m. with the Blue 5K Road Race to benefit Carolina Panthers Charities. The ticket office will open at 1 p.m., and single game tickets and PSLs will be available.

The Catwalk area by the North Gate will open at 2 p.m. with interactive games, face painting, and visits by the TopCats and Sir Purr. 

Stadium gates will open at 2:30 p.m. when a passing contest (ages 15 and under) and a kicking contest (for fans 16 years of age and older) will begin on the field, followed by on-field entertainment by the TopCats, Sir Purr and Purrcussion.

Then the Panthers take the field at 4 p.m. for practice, giving fans an opportunity to watch the club as it continues preparations for the start of the regular season. 

Food, non-alcoholic beverages, strollers and video cameras will be permitted inside the stadium for Fan Fest only. Bags smaller than 8" x 10" x 14" will be allowed after inspection. All other stadium policies remain in effect.

7:30 a.m. Blue 5k Road Race
1:00 p.m. Ticket Office opens
2:00 p.m. Catwalk opens
2:30 p.m. Stadium Gates and Team Store open
3:35 p.m. Welcome from PantherVision
3:36 p.m. TopCats introduction and routine
3:38 p.m. Sir Purr routine
3:41 p.m. TopCats routine
3:43 p.m. Purrcussion performance
3:45 p.m. Players take field for pre-practice warm-ups
4:00 p.m. Practice begins
5:45 p.m. Practice ends

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