The Carolina Panthers are headed to the Super Bowl, but before they left the City of Charlotte threw the team a record-breaking going away party.
More than 25 thousand fans packed Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte Friday for one more chance to see their Carolina Panthers before they head to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California.
The Panthers Pride Rally, produced by Charlotte Center City Partners, featured appearances and performances by Sir Purr, the TopCats, PurrCussion and the Black & Blew Crew.
A handful of Panthers players and Head Coach Ron Rivera made appearances as well, earning a loud Panthers roar from the fans decked out in their black and blue.
Linebacker Thomas Davis told the crowd the team would do everything in their power to bring home the Super Bowl title.
Local politicians including Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory were also on-hand to pump up the crowd.
The crowd varied from toddlers to grandparents, some like 9-year-old Kenyon Stanley even got to miss school to attend the rally.
“My dad gave me a choice,” he exclaimed, “that I could go to school or come here, and 100 percent I will come here!”
Like many others, Stanley had high hopes of seeing his favorite player Luke Kuechly and snagging as many autographs as possible.
When asked what his plans were for the day, he replied without hesitiation, “Keep Pounding, cheer for the Panthers, no more teams.”
The Carolina Panthers are expected to leave Bank of America Stadium around noon Sunday to begin their journey to the Super Bowl.
Photos by Pooja Pasupula.