Panthers to hold unprecedented open practice next week

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For the first time in team history, head coach Ron Rivera is opening Bank of America Stadium to the public to offer a rare chance to see the team prepare for Spartanburg. Running from 11:30am-1:20pm next Thursday, June 14th- the final day of OTAs.

Ostensibly you'll see a non-contact practice similar to the opening days of training camp, but in a rarefied environment. For most fans this will be the first chance to see Luke Kuechly and the rest of the 2012 rookies in action before the sweltering heat of Spartanburg. The organization views this as an opportunity for fans who can't make it to training camp to see the players.

This continues the Panthers' recent trend of being more selectively available. Last year the team closed down weekly practices to the media in order to become more insular, and the results were quite good. This antithesis allows fans to get a really good look at the players, as they reach out more to the die-hard fanbase; those who would entertain sitting in a near-empty stadium in the middle of the week for a pads-free practice.

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend due to the pesky nature of employment, but if you're free and able to make the practice we'd love to hear your experiences here on CSR. Admission is free, and the Panthers have said there will be limited concessions available at the stadium.

If there are a group of CSR users who plan to attend, please use the comment section to mobilize! No reason not to have an impromptu meet-up at BOA for those who can't make it to Spartanburg

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