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Best Away-Game Panthers Parties

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It’s Week 4 of the NFL and the Carolina Panthers are away this weekend battling the undefeated Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Fans are relieved that there will be regular NFL referees present to keep the calls fair and professional, and even though the Panthers are going into this game as the underdog, they are favored to win.

So what happens when fans experience tailgating withdrawals when the team is away? Consider a few of these unique ideas to stay busy during those pesky away-game weekends in the Carolinas.

Catered Events: Tired of drinking lukewarm beer in a parking lot surrounded by smoking grills and whooping strangers? Then consider hosting an upscale tailgating party for a group of your closest friends at one of the six premier Bank of America Stadium venues. From the upscale North Lounge with its 50-yard-line seats to billiards in the East End Zone of Suite 87, guests may enjoy a variety of cocktails and food choices available from the BofA catering staff. With a little imagination, this could become a crowd favorite, resulting in a pre-game party that people will talk about for years to come.

Sir Purr Party: Panthers fans come in all shapes and sizes, so if it is time to plan the PURR-fect birthday party for your favorite little football lover, consider booking a Sir Purr Party. Guests will receive a 45-minute tour of the BofA Stadium, a 75-minute open play period in Sir Purr’s interactive outdoor Play Den, plus a 30–minute appearance from Sir Purr himself. The staff can even arrange to have one of the TopCat Cheerleaders join the festivities. Don’t forget the blue-, black- and silver-themed cake!

Bank of America Public Tours: Every Wednesday and Friday, BofA hosts guided tours of the 73,778-seat stadium. Visitors can purchase tickets at the BofA Box Office to see such highlights as the team and visitor locker rooms. Tickets are free for children under the age of five, $3 for children ages 5-15, $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens ages 55 and older.

Taste of the Panthers: Mixing football and philanthropy has always been a noble combination. Buy your tickets now for the October 15 Taste of the Panthers event; fans will enjoy gourmet food, fine wines, entertainment and an opportunity to meet and greet with members of the team. All proceeds will go to the well-respected Second Harvest Food Bank of the Metrolina to assist people in need in 14 North Carolina counties and five in South Carolina.

Panthers Cruise: During the pre-game shows before the Panthers and Falcons take the field this weekend, take a moment to book your balcony suite on the Carnival Breeze Panthers Cruise 2013. Promising to be the ultimate in week-long tailgating, what better way to spend a vacation than sailing through the Caribbean with thousands of like-minded Panthers fans? Sponsored by AAA Carolinas, check out the Panthers’ main website for more details.

Check out Tailgate Fan to keep the party going at tailgatefan.cbslocal.com.

S.L. Schmitz is a published author, specializing in the speculative, mythpunk and horror genres. Schmitz recently resigned her position as a Board Member and Social Media Manager of Dark Continents Publishing in order to work with a small group of entrepreneurs to create a new publishing company. When time permits, she participates in a variety of writing and horror conventions. She is an active member of such author affiliations as the North Carolina Writer’s Organization, the Charlotte Writer’s Club, North Carolina Reading Association and the Union Monroe Reading Association. Her novel is titled Let It Bleed, published via Dark Continents Publishing, and is available wherever books are sold. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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