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September 16, 2019

Inside the Panthers’ dining room

A pre-game experience shows where and how the team eats

This year, the Carolina Panthers are offering a new perk for Bank of America Stadium suite holders. The fifty3 Game Day Experience allows those with the pass to enter through the players’ lot, where they’re escorted to the Panthers dining room. They then enjoy dinner in the team’s cafeteria before heading out onto the field during pre-game warm-ups.

Jon and I were lucky enough to get two of these fifty3 Experience passes for last week’s game against the Buccaneers, and while the game itself didn’t turn out too well, the pre-game activities were really cool. The cafeteria food was better than most, with prime rib, lobster risotto, and a full bar among the offerings. Eating at the tables where the team eats, however, makes everything taste better.

Take a look at the Panthers’ dining area with the photos below. —Kristen Wile


An ice sculpture celebrating 25 years of Panthers football holds shrimp and crab shooters. Kristen Wile/UP

The Panthers’ cafeteria is near the players’ meeting rooms. Suite ticket-holders get passes to eat in the dining room before heading onto the field. Kristen Wile/UP

A full bar serves mixed drinks and a Panthers blue special cocktail, made team colors using blue curacao. Kristen Wile/UP

Cam Newton may be vegan, but you can still find a meat carving station in the cafeteria. Kristen Wile/UP

There are plenty of healthy options, like this wedge salad. Kristen Wile/UP

Fresh vegetables, vegetarian dishes, and pickles take up an entire wall. Kristen Wile/UP

On the hot line, guests can find tacos. Kristen Wile/UP

A chef serves seafood risotto, full of scallops and lobster. Kristen Wile/UP

Charcuterie and cheese plates were beautifully plated for guests, including some VIPs like Panthers owner David Tepper. Kristen Wile/UP

The dessert bar had some tasty cheesecakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and tarts. Kristen Wile/UP

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