On October 26, 1993, the Carolinas beat out the other remaining communities vying to be home to the NFL's 29th franchise and the league's first expansion team since 1976. Over Baltimore, St. Louis, and Memphis, the six-year race to be awarded with one of two expansion franchises was won by Jacksonville and the Carolinas, and the Carolina Panthers were born. In the team's 1995 inaugural season, the Panthers set a new NFL record for wins by a new expansion team, posting a 7-9 record, and in only their second season, the team won the NFC West with a 12-4 record, advancing to the NFC championship. The franchise saw its first and only Super Bowl appearance in 2003, bouncing back from a 1-15 record just two seasons prior, winning the NFC title and competing in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Bank of America Stadium, known by fans as “The Bank,” “The BOA,” “The BOFA,” or “The Vault,” was constructed in the mid-1990's, funded in its majority by an impressive Personal Seat License campaign (which contributed to the NFL's decision to award the franchise to the Carolinas). The stadium was so ahead of its time that it was likely the impetus which sparked the construction of ten new NFL stadiums in the decade after its own completion, and it required little renovation for years to come. Check out the “fan plazas” or one of the stadium's 153 luxury suites on game day, or else just grab a general game day pass from Best Available Tickets – always your top supplier for Carolina Panthers tickets at the best prices available.