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Actually it isnt the Bucs scoring that arouses Zod, its their cheerleaders celebrating it.

Cant blame him a bit. They are something to behold.

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[quote name='pantherdad' timestamp='1346771020' post='1884374']
Zod, you can tailgate with me and Mrs pantherdad and our 2 kids....we will have a nice spread set up out of the back of our brand new Honda Odyssey. It will be wholesome family fun for all....lol
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$10 says by the end of this tailgate Mrs. Pantherdad is posing in a bikini for Zod. Lucky fug.

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[quote name='Zod' timestamp='1346773266' post='1884425']



Don't know where I am parking till I get my parking pass. I will let you know, thanks!
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Will you be going to the Chargers game in December? Because if you are it would be pretty cool to tailgate with you. My lady LOVES taking Facebook pictures, but hates every picture she takes from her phone. So you too would probably really get along. I'll be the temp lighting assistant.

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[quote name='pantherdad' timestamp='1346771699' post='1884387']
Whos been before? Whats the fan experience like....is the pirate ship as ghey as it looks on TV?
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I went a couple of years ago, during their 10-6 season. There definitely were a lot of empty seats, very mild enthusiasm from the fans considering they were a playoff contender and were playing us when we were starting Clausen (which was a guaranteed W). The stadium itself isn't as nice as ours, but during their timeouts they actually show highlights and team themed commercials (instead of VIC cards). I actually sat just below the pirate ship when I went and it was not that bad.

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I've never been which sucks because every season I say that I'm getting down there this year.

But my big away trip this year is KC, if my wife and I get away for a game together it will be N.O. for New Years.

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She is def bikini worthy.....

$10 says by the end of this tailgate Mrs. Pantherdad is posing in a bikini for Zod. Lucky fug.
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[quote name='X-Clown' timestamp='1346793435' post='1884953']


I went a couple of years ago, during their 10-6 season. There definitely were a lot of empty seats, very mild enthusiasm from the fans considering they were a playoff contender and were playing us when we were starting Clausen (which was a guaranteed W). The stadium itself isn't as nice as ours, but during their timeouts they actually show highlights and team themed commercials (instead of VIC cards). I actually sat just below the pirate ship when I went and it was not that bad.
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[quote name='pantherdad' timestamp='1346771699' post='1884387']
Whos been before? Whats the fan experience like....is the pirate ship as ghey as it looks on TV?
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I'll be there. TONS, TONS of parking availability, and with a 4p start, there's bound to be a crapload of tailgating drunkfests going on starting early. You shouldn't have any trouble finding parking around the stadium at all (typically $20). If only every stadium encouraged tailgating as much as I see in Tampa. I've never seen their tailgating lots filled up.

The fans are generally good-natured, and there are a ton of Panthers fans scattered around enough so you won't feel alone. I was at the 2003 opener where we won in OT [url="http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=230914027"]http://scores.espn.g...ameId=230914027[/url], and even with that tough loss for 'em, the Bucs fans were high-fiving me on an incredible win.

Sunscreen will be kinda important, no joke.

Food options are a bit limited in the upper decks. Last year IIRC were $7 beers, but that's about standard.

Going up and down the ramps from the upper decks is a bit of a pain; add some extra time for that experience. Security check is usually pretty easy and fast.

I like the pirate ship; then again, I like any stadium feature that makes a stadium completely unique and identifiable vs others. I also liked the original Carolina Panther Fight Song, so perhaps my opinion on the ship should be downgraded.
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