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Carolina Panthers Training Camp

Jul 07 2013 08:17 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
Once again it is time to get a first look at our Carolina Panthers.

Their practice schedule is listed here...

Here are a few tips you won't read on the Panthers official webpage....

- Autographs are given before and after practices. Line up at the fence near the athletic buildings about an hour before the scheduled practice. Not all players will sign. Some of the regulars that will sign most of the time are Steve Smith, Jon Beason, Jordan Gross, and Deangelo Williams. Ron RIvera will also usually sign.

- Kids are given priority during autograph time, as they should be. If you are an adult trying to push aside a child you will be called out and shamed for it.

- When you first arrive, look for the video cameras at the top of the large blue lifts. Whichever field they are pointing at will be the field that sees most of the action that day. Pick your spot accordingly.

- Bug spray, bug spray, bug spray, bug.... spray.

- If you visit the Beaconrestaurant, be sure to say "a plenty" after your order to ensure maximum heart clogging damage

- Cameras are allowed, but video cameras are not. You may be asked to put them down.

- If it seems like players are ignoring you and your screams at them during practice, its because they are. They are there to work, not to listen to your opinions.

- Shade is at a premium. Get there early to grab a spot under one of the trees on the hill.


Training Camp veterans please feel free to add to this topic....

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Anyone that has never heard of the deep fried pieces of heaven known as hush puppies needs to get the hell of this website right this minute.

 

Nice try, i'll stay.

When you hushpuppy virgins break the seal, be sure to dip the hushpuppy in butter or better yet scoop up some burnswick stew with it. Wash it down with some sweet tea, then you will be an honorary North Carolinian.

Looking forward to making it down again this year. I've not had as much of an issue with bugs that everyone else seems to have, but the heat is brutal indeed. Especially for those 3pm practices. I always stop on the way in for an iced coffee at the Starbucks there on the corner. Also, if you get to an early session check out the merchandise tent. You can find some really great deals. There will probably be some reduced Gamble jerseys this year.

 

If you've never been, prepare yourself for a constant stream of kids (and, sadly, adults) yelling and calling "Caaaam! Caaaaaaam! Cam! CAAAAAAAAAM!" from the time he appears until when he leaves. Especially in the dead/autograph time.

 

Otherwise it's a good time.

Once again it is time to get a first look at our Carolina Panthers.

 

Their practice schedule is listed here...

 

Here are a few tips you won't read on the Panthers official webpage....

 

- Autographs are given before and after practices. Line up at the fence near the athletic buildings about an hour before the scheduled practice. Not all players will sign. Some of the regulars that will sign most of the time are Steve Smith, Jon Beason, Jordan Gross, and Deangelo Williams. Ron RIvera will also usually sign.

 

- Kids are given priority during autograph time, as they should be. If you are an adult trying to push aside a child you will be called out and shamed for it.

 

- When you first arrive, look for the video cameras at the top of the large blue lifts. Whichever field they are pointing at will be the field that sees most of the action that day. Pick your spot accordingly.

 

- Bug spray, bug spray, bug spray, bug.... spray.

 

- If you visit the Beacon restaurant, be sure to say "a plenty" after your order to ensure maximum heart clogging damage

 

- Cameras are allowed, but video cameras are not. You may be asked to put them down.

 

- If it seems like players are ignoring you and your screams at them during practice, its because they are. They are there to work, not to listen to your opinions.

 

- Shade is at a premium. Get there early to grab a spot under one of the trees on the hill.

 

 

Training Camp veterans please feel free to add to this topic....

 

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This is my first year attending training camp. I'm going down later in the schedule with my brother to see a couple practices. I'm looking forward to it.

I'm biased because my chick used to live there, but next time I go back for training camp I'm going to stay in downtown Greenville, about 30 mins down the road from Spartanburg. It's a gorgeous little town with a big historic district full of awesome bars and restaurants. It's not like you can hang out with the players at night, so you might as well get a hotel somewhere nice.

I like it when people say this like its a good thing but the rest of it equate it to calling yourself a douchebag.


I live in The North...Red Wedding??

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If you are a Cam fanatic and expect an autograph, good fuggin luck. He does the best he can but it's a crazed mob when he hits the autograph line. It really made me wish I had paid the 200 bucks or whatever at South Park.

 

The easiest way I know to get there is I85->business85-> 9. If your driving down 9 and hit the double Krispy Kreme intersection, you've gone too far.

 

You need to be ready for bugs, sweat, and sun. If being uncomfortable is hard for you to deal with, I got bad news for you. Training camp is not for the weak.

 

If you are taking your kids, be prepared for them to lose interest and start running around in gangs. Training camp is pretty boring for kids and they will end up playing football with the other kids.

 

Bring a cooler or large water bottle. You will need fluids.

 

Do not go to training camp with high expectations for player interaction. These guys are hot, tired, and pissed off. The majority of them won't stop for autographs and forget talking to them mid practice. You can be 30 feet from the linebackers as they do drills. Listen, don't talk. And for the love of God be polite to Steve or your ass will be on youtube getting chewed out.

 

Coolers are not allowed inside the fenced viewing area. You may, of course, take water bottles in, but not coolers. (If you forget and bring them from your car, you will have to either take them back or leave them outside the fence unattended.)

 

Also, no alcohol and NO DOGS or other pets inside the fenced viewing area.

 

For kids, there's the Panther Pals program -- five kids are selected randomly (register outside the gate) to go to a special viewing area for part of practice, then be paired with a player (one per kid) following practice. One parent/guardian (age 18 or older) may accompany the selected child. I will send a link to the details when I get it posted to the Wofford website. Panther Pals is held at most practices (not walk-throughs), but not all.

 

Also, don't forget the Panthers Party, which will be held on Friday, July 26, at Gibbs Stadium, where practice will be held. (I'll also provide a link when those details are available.)
 

For all the autograph seekers. Being Polite will get you very far. As for Smitty he is kinda hit or miss with Auto's. He usually signs for kids. So if your an adult and have children, your best bet of obtaining Smitty's auto, is to have your kid ask him. Remember to be polite! Try not to call the player by their 1st name (its not like you know them on a 1st name basis anyway) saying Mr. and please really increases your odds. And also from my past experiences, try to get the auto before they practice. I cant tell you how many times I have gotten crappy autos from players sweating on the stuff i had them sign, not to mention its gross. Good luck to everyone! And also please don't be that grown ass man in the crowd begging for an article of a players clothing.....have some damn shame! And yes i have witnessed grown men doing this every time Ive been to camp. 

 

And DON'T call him by his number!

I'm biased because my chick used to live there, but next time I go back for training camp I'm going to stay in downtown Greenville, about 30 mins down the road from Spartanburg. It's a gorgeous little town with a big historic district full of awesome bars and restaurants. It's not like you can hang out with the players at night, so you might as well get a hotel somewhere nice.

 

There are plenty of good hotels in Spartanburg, and we have a great downtown. Is it Greenville? No, but we have our own charm. Lots of great restaurants downtown.

There are plenty of good hotels in Spartanburg, and we have a great downtown. Is it Greenville? No, but we have our own charm. Lots of great restaurants downtown.

 

fair - didnt mean to sound like i was pooping on Sparty; i've never spent much time there outside of Wofford's practice fields, since I had a place to sleep right down 85.

I like it when people say this like its a good thing but the rest of it equate it to calling yourself a douchebag.

nvm just forget it

One night is fine. Try the Pizza Inn. It's a 1984 time warp.

 

The Pizza Inn lunch buffet is magnificent.  The chocolate chip pizza will give you a mouthgasm.

I like it when people say this like its a good thing but the rest of it equate it to calling yourself a douchebag.

 

butthurt?

 

that's a mighty big paintbrush you are using there Zod..

We've got much better pizza places than Pizza Inn ... yuck!

 

Let me know what kind of food you're interested in, and I'll tell you the best place(s) in Spartanburg to get it. As close to camp as possible.

 

I need a place to take 3 adults and 2 children. No long lines or packed joints. Just some nice food and quiet.

I need a place to take 3 adults and 2 children. No long lines or packed joints. Just some nice food and quiet.

 

What kind of food are you interested in?

We like everything. But kid friendly is key.

We like everything. But kid friendly is key.

 

A few suggestions:

 

Billy D's (S. Pine St.)

Wild Ace Pizza (downtown -- has outdoor seating)

Groucho's (downtown -- sandwiches)

Venus Pie (downtown -- pizza, calzones. Looks like a dump, but good food)

Mellow Mushroom (downtown east)

Apollo's (west side - about 10 minutes from camp. Italian and Greek)

The Clock (west side)

Jake's Wayback Burgers (west side)

Farmer's Table (downtown - locavore restaurant)

Basil's Grille (near camp, across Pine Street)

Corona's (near camp, across Pine Street. Mexican)

Wade's (near camp, across Pine Street. Meat and three - can get crowded, depending on the time of day)

 

For more restaurant choices, go to: http://www.visitspar...lassdining.html

There is a Mellow Mushroom in Sparty? Nice.

...and if a player doesn't sign for you, don't act like an entitled spoiled little brat. 

 

It's okay to be disappointed, it's not okay to have a meltdown unless you are under the age of 12. 

There is a Mellow Mushroom in Sparty? Nice.

 

Yes, on East Main near Pine Street ... not far from camp.

Once again it is time to get a first look at our Carolina Panthers.

Their practice schedule is listed here...

Here are a few tips you won't read on the Panthers official webpage....

- Autographs are given before and after practices. Line up at the fence near the athletic buildings about an hour before the scheduled practice. Not all players will sign. Some of the regulars that will sign most of the time are Steve Smith, Jon Beason, Jordan Gross, and Deangelo Williams. Ron RIvera will also usually sign.

- Kids are given priority during autograph time, as they should be. If you are an adult trying to push aside a child you will be called out and shamed for it.

- When you first arrive, look for the video cameras at the top of the large blue lifts. Whichever field they are pointing at will be the field that sees most of the action that day. Pick your spot accordingly.

- Bug spray, bug spray, bug spray, bug.... spray.

- If you visit the Beacon restaurant, be sure to say "a plenty" after your order to ensure maximum heart clogging damage

- Cameras are allowed, but video cameras are not. You may be asked to put them down.

- If it seems like players are ignoring you and your screams at them during practice, its because they are. They are there to work, not to listen to your opinions.

- Shade is at a premium. Get there early to grab a spot under one of the trees on the hill.


Training Camp veterans please feel free to add to this topic....

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Just about every device now has video recording options so how do they regulate this? I was looking to bring my Nikon

Just about every device now has video recording options so how do they regulate this? I was looking to bring my Nikon


I've had my camera the past two years and no one has said anything.

Just about every device now has video recording options so how do they regulate this? I was looking to bring my Nikon

 

If you are constantly holding up your camera/phone without taking it down (like you would taking pictures), they will get the idea and approach you.

If you are constantly holding up your camera/phone without taking it down (like you would taking pictures), they will get the idea and approach you.


Makes sense