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Carolina Panthers Training Camp Information

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It is July once again, which means Wimbledon is on TV. Whenever I see those tennis players on the grass court, I am reminded that Football season is once again just around the corner.

Here are a few tips for those that have not been to training camp before...

1. Yes, practices and parking are free. A schedule of the practices can be found here.

2. You will notice many evening practices this year, but the sun will still be brutal. Shade is at a premium on the hill that overlooks the practice field, get there early if you need to stay cooler.

3. Autographs are signed at the fence that is closest to the facilities. Players typically take the field about 30 minutes prior to the scheduled practice time. Children typically get first dibs on autographs, as it should be.

4. When you arrive, notice where the large lifts are with the video equipment on top. They are there to film the main practices. Whichever field they are pointing at will be the place where some of the best action of the day takes place.

5. The Beacon is a famous place to eat in Spartanburg, but from personal experience, be sure a restroom is near by. The Pizza Inn in Spartanburg is actually a 1980's time warp, the 3 inch skin on the pudding proves it.

6. Bring your camera! Pictures can be taken during practices.

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I'm going to lose my training camp virginity this year... be gentle.

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Can't wait for that first Saturday. Gonna drive down and hit California Dreaming in Greenville for an early dinner then head back up to Wofford for that first practice.

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Some events and notes of interest:

Saturday, July 28

Panthers Kickoff 2012 Party

4:30-6:30 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Gibbs Stadium

The event will feature the second annual Mayor’s Ball Run, with participation from all 14 of Spartanburg’s municipalities; performances by the Panthers’ TopCat cheerleaders and mascot Sir Purr; live music from the popular Back Nine band; along with face painting, door prizes and much more. Spartanburg Mayor Junie White will kick off training camp officially at 6:30 p.m. from the stage.

Admission is free!

Sunday, July 29:

Play 60 Day

5-7 p.m.

Intramural field, across from practice fields

Eight youth football stations, three inflatables, TopCats, Sir Purr and more.

Free

Panther Pals will be held at each advertised practice Monday through Friday (July 30-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-10) and Monday-Tuesday (Aug. 13-14) (subject to change or cancellation without notice). Kids ages 6-13 register free outside the gate. Five are selected to watch part of practice from a special field-level area, then meet players and get autographs.

“T-Shirt Tuesdays” – with free T-shirts thrown out to fans by players – will be held after practices on July 31 and Aug. 7 and 14.

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Some Do's and Don'ts:

DO bring folding chairs, golf stools, blankets or towels to sit on

DO wear and bring plenty of sunscreen and bug spray

DO bring autographable items AND Sharpies

DO wear hats or visors

DON'T bring coolers (you may take in drinks, etc., but not coolers)

DON'T bring alcoholic beverages

DON'T bring pets (not even leashed)

DON'T bring video cameras

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Will any of the big names be signing autographs? I know Smitty usually doesn't but how are the others with this? And what day/days would be best if I wanted some?

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Will any of the big names be signing autographs? I know Smitty usually doesn't but how are the others with this? And what day/days would be best if I wanted some?

Smitty signs a ton. All the big names do.

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Steve has been one of the nicest guys ever about signing. He's signed for me maybe 3 times over the last 6 years and another time he was only signing for kids.

Cam signs when he has time but it turns into a rabid mob. He doesn't sign for everyone but he will get 15 or so in. Thomas Davis would always sign for every damned person. Captain and Deangelo sign. LaFell signs. That is all the big names I have seen sign. Kids def get more love than adults.

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Nearly 20, and I will be popping my training camp cherry this year.

I'm going to head down to Spartanburg for the opening day of training camp this year.

Good news is, that I look like I'm 15; so if you want anything autographed hit me up (I'll be down there bright and early getting autographs).

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