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Colts, Panthers Get Large Crowds For Open Practices, Both Seeing Increase In Ticket Sales
Published June 15, 2012
THE CAT'S MEOW: In Charlotte, Joseph Person notes the Panthers also held an open minicamp practice, and the team "estimated Thursday's crowd at 5,500, including 1,000 sponsors." Many in attendance "were treated to free footballs as players tossed them to fans following big plays." Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who came up with the idea, said that "it might become an annual tradition" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/15). WBTV-CBS' Dedrick Russell noted event organizers said that "it will be hard not to do this again next year." Fans were allowed into Bank of America Stadium for free, and Panthers President Danny Morrison said, "I was amazed how many came from long distance." The Panthers said that "the momentum is high" and ticket sales "are better this year than last year" (WBTV.com, 6/14).