It was a bye week for the Carolina Panthers, but that didn’t stop 25 die-hard football fans and their guests from prowling around the Panthers’ house at Bank of America Stadium on October 22.
As winners of Allen Tate’s Prowl the Den contest, these 25 fans and their three guests each were treated to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour that included a visit to the locker room, weight room, PantherVision studio, Gridiron Club, press room and kitchen. In addition, fans enjoyed a tailgate party with Sir Purr and the PurrCussion drumline and a chance to run onto the field while being cheered on by the Top Cats.
The Prowl the Den contest was the latest in a series of Allen Tate promotions to celebrate the company’s decade-long partnership with the Carolina Panthers. This was the fourth year that Allen Tate sponsored the event, which received more than 12,000 entries.
Zachariah Poland, a graduate student from Greenville, N.C., was selected as the Grand Prize winner – receiving four suite tickets and four field passes for the November 13, 2016 home game vs. Kansas City and four replica Carolina Panthers jerseys.
Poland, a new Panthers fan who moved here from Vermont to pursue a graduate degree in school counseling at East Carolina University, learned of the contest from his girlfriend, Taylor Hall, who accompanied him to the event along with friends Ashleigh Burke and Taylor Woolard.
In addition to Poland, this year’s Prowl the Den tour participants included:
- Scott Aitken, Davidson, N.C.
- Zanetta Bailey, Graham, N.C.
- Rhonda Boswell, Burlington, N.C.
- Mark Connell, Taylors, S.C.
- Kevin Cunningham, Charlotte, N.C.
- Deanna Curlis, Waxhaw, N.C.
- Fran Ditto, Greensboro, N.C.
- Kristin Donaldson, Mooresville, N.C.
- Leander Holston, Charlotte, N.C.
- Cameron Keen, Greensboro, N.C.
- Ann Lambiotte, Charlotte, N.C.
- Clayton Norris, Boone, N.C.
- Jeffrey Plyler, Rock Hill, S.C.
- Stan Rabineau, Fort Mill, S.C.
- Robin Rittenhouse, Clover, S.C.
- Jessica Rogers, Troutman, N.C.
- Floyd Royal, Greensboro, N.C.
- Thad Shell, Charlotte, N.C.
- Todd Sing, Waxhaw, N.C.
- DJ Tessein, Dunn, N.C.
- Claren Truelove, Raleigh, N.C.
- Michelle Walters, Charlotte, N.C.