Even if you’ve watched for years on television or from the stands at Bank of America Stadium, there is still something special about going behind the scenes of the Carolina Panthers and seeing what makes the magic happen.
On October 14, 25 Panthers fans and their guests did just that, as winners of Allen Tate’s Prowl the Den contest. During an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour, contest winners learned how replays (and marriage proposals) are handled by the PantherVision studio; what it takes to feed a hungry bunch of athletes (and all of their fans); and which players keep very organized lockers (and which ones don’t). 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 11-year partnership with the Carolina Panthers. This was the fifth year that Allen Tate sponsored the event, which received more than 18,000 entries.
Becky Tyree, a former U.S. Marine and social worker and a community volunteer from Oak Ridge, N.C., was selected as the Grand Prize winner – receiving four suite tickets and four field passes for the December 24, 2017 home game vs. Tampa and four replica Carolina Panthers jerseys.
Tyree, who attended the tour with her husband Steve and son Michael, is a long-time Panthers fan but has never attended a game in person.
In addition to Tyree, this year’s Prowl the Den tour participants included:
- Rachel Brizell, Monroe, N.C.
- Cristain Cain, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
- Laura Cook, Charlotte, N.C.
- Elizabeth Crenshaw, Charlotte, N.C.
- Bryan Curry, Kings Mountain, N.C.
- Logan Dunagan, Holly Springs, N.C.
- Heather Fesperman, Concord, N.C.
- Theresa Graham, Statesville, N.C.
- Andrea Hector, Mooresville, N.C.
- Michael Horeth, Charlotte, N.C.
- Paul Huddleston, Kershaw, S.C.
- Dennis Jefferson, Charleston, S.C.
- Kyle Martin, Concord, N.C.
- Brittany McManus, Rock Hill, N.C.
- Janice McRorie, Mount Holly, N.C.
- Lynn Rigsbee, Charlotte, N.C.
- Milind Shah, High Point, N.C.
- Brittany Simmons, State Road, N.C.
- Kendall Stephens, Matthews, N.C.
- Shannon White, Concord, N.C.