SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Carolina Panthers 2018 Summer Training Camp opens Thursday, July 26, at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium with the annual Training Camp Kickoff Party. The celebration is from 4:30 to 9 p.m., with the team’s first practice of camp scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; gates open at 4 p.m.
This is the 24th consecutive year Wofford has hosted the Panthers for summer camp.
The Kickoff Party will feature on-field performances by the TopCats and Junior TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and the Black & Blue Crew as well as the Mayors’ Ball Delivery, face painting, food, interactive games, sponsor displays and more on the plaza of the stadium.
Admission and parking are free.
On Friday, July 27, Atrium Health will present Play 60 Day from 2 to 4 p.m. on the intramural field at Wofford, across from the main spectator entrance to camp. Play 60 Day is a free, action-packed, full-field attraction with kid-style NFL combine activity stations and inflatables – a great training camp experience for kids, families and youth groups.
Panthers Pals, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, again will be offered to children ages 6-13 at most of the practices (see the online schedule for dates). Panthers Pals offers five randomly selected children an opportunity to watch part of practice from field level and then spend time with a player afterwards. Kids can register to be a Panthers Pal at the Academy Sports + Outdoors Kids Field located outside the main entrance to the practice fields. Names are selected about 45 minutes before the end of practice; winners receive a Panthers Pal T-shirt and are escorted to a special area to watch the conclusion of practice.
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Field also offers kids a great place to toss a football and enjoy active family fun. It is open during training camp practice days and is conveniently located near the main spectator entrance gate.
All practices at training camp, which concludes Monday, Aug. 13, and additional activities are free and open to the public. Practice times, locations and special events are subject to change without notice.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING INFORMATION:
Fans should make note that traffic patterns to parking lots have changed this year. All traffic should enter campus via Cumming Street from Pine Street and Wood Street. Evins Street from North Church Street will be closed to all traffic except shuttle buses and other authorized vehicles.
Free shuttle buses will be provided from the parking lot at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, which also will serve the parking lot at Wofford’s Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts and the lot at the Spartanburg County Administration Building on Church Street (weekends only); bus boarding will be in the Memorial Auditorium lot.
Shuttle buses also will stop on Evins Street at Osage Street to pick up fans parking off Osage Street. Buses will drop off and pick up in front of Gibbs Stadium on Cumming Street.
Handicap parking will be available in the lot beside Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium off Cumming Street for vehicles with state-issued placards or plates.