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'Back to Football' Party July 31 celebrates Panthers' return


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Festivities at Gibbs Stadium include live band, TopCats, Sir Purr, local food

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – It’s time to get “Back to Football” with the Carolina Panthers as Wofford College, the City of Spartanburg and Team Spartanburg Sports Council host a celebration of the team’s return on Saturday, July 31, at Gibbs Stadium. Festivities will be held on the stadium plaza and surrounding areas from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., then resume following the team’s 6:30 p.m. practice in the stadium.

The NFL team returns to Wofford for its 16th summer training camp, with the opening practice set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 29. The Panthers will be in Spartanburg until Wednesday, Aug. 18.

The “Back to Football” Party will feature live performances by popular regional band Back 9 and appearances by the TopCat cheerleaders and Panthers mascot Sir Purr. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at a “Taste of Spartanburg” food court featuring foods from local restaurants. There will be giveaways and other activities as well.

In addition, the Panthers Junior Training Camp for youngsters will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Wofford intramural field, between Cumming and Twitty streets below the main Gibbs Stadium parking lot.

Wofford also will host a Tailgate Party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, on the Gibbs Stadium Plaza. The “best barbecue ribs in the Upstate” will be available for purchase while fans will be treated to a performance by the Bushy Valley Boys bluegrass band. Food and beverages will continue to be available during the Panthers’ 6:30 p.m. practice in the stadium.

Admission to all events is free.

For information, contact Laura Corbin, director of news services at Wofford College, at laura.corbin@wofford.edu or 864-597-4180.

For a complete schedule of Panther practices, along with information on other special events being held in conjunction with practices, go to http://www.panthers.com/schedule/training-camp.html.