It’s week seven in the NFL, and in the Carolinas that means that some of the biggest, baddest Panthers tailgaiting vehicles are being polished and shined in anticipation of game day! Here are just a few of the really unique mobile tailgating opportunities available in the Queen City:
Describing itself as an eco-friendly, pedal-powered, pub-crawling trolley, this crazy contraption has seating room for up to 14 people. It’s like a moving bar scene, with all 14 participants imbibing in their favorite adult beverage while pedaling away on their individual bicycle pedals. There is even a bartender to mix cocktails. Available for rental, this is an awesome addition to the Charlotte Panthers tailgater society and provides plenty of laughter and camaraderie as people slowly cruise and party up and down the streets around Bank of America Stadium.
The Panther Fanz Party Prowler
This famous black bus, repurposed from an old school bus, is an award-winning Panthers pride tailgating vehicle that has been known to travel across the country to various stadiums and contests. On the outside of this party mobile there is a comfortable patio, custom-made blue chairs and a huge electronic awning that reaches out over 15 feet across the blacktop. Inside, there are booths, a bathroom, heat/AC and a kitchen specifically designed for tailgating snacks and drinks. The Party Prowler is a privately owned vehicle and the owners welcome all to come and visit, but not to expect a tour. Panther Fanz can always be found in their own personalized lot off of 601 South Cedar Street across the walkway from the Panthers practice field, and usually has a big crowd as well as 20 or so other cars and grills caravanned around. Don’t miss the entertainment stage!
Charlotte Party Bus
There are a number of different party buses with various amenities to choose from at the Charlotte Party Bus company. Tailgaters can choose from smaller vehicles that accommodate as few as 14 people or one of the big luxurious mobiles that hold up to 36 people. The larger vehicles come complete with built-in bars, a dance floor, disco lights, plasma TVs and great sound systems, providing an exceptional tailgating experience. The only thing missing is the food, but any good tailgater already knows how to obtain a fabulous picnic. With reasonable rates and a professional driver, it allows people to let go and just have a great pre-game party.
Boxman Studios Pop-Up Party
So this is not exactly a vehicle, but still really cool. Based out of Charlotte, the innovative Boxman Studios company successfully created an environmentally green food truck without wheels – and it has been a big hit at tailgating events ever since. Solar panels generate the electricity needed to power refrigerators, televisions and disco lights, and the units can be combined to create dance floors or more than one story. Budweiser and vitaminwater have been using the Pop-Up Party for events all over the Carolinas, including recent Panthers home games.
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