Keep the Carolina Panthers in Uptown Charlotte!
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I moved to Charlotte almost 11 years ago from Long Island, New York where I grew up. Prior to moving to Charlotte I was not a football fan. Trying to get to a Giants or Jets game was extremely difficult as you either had to drive for hours in traffic or take a train into Manhattan and then a bus from the bus station, as the stadium was located just across the border in New Jersey. When I moved to Charlotte and began learning about my new home one thing stuck out to me, the love and positive energy surrounding the Carolina Panthers. Although the Jets and Giants have a great following, there was something different about Panthers fans that I could sense almost immediately. The love that they had for their team was beyond measure, and the love that the team had for Charlotte was just as great. When I attended my first game at Bank of America Stadium I was amazed at how easily accessible it was for fans to get to, and the amazing spirit of all of those fans lining the streets of the city they loved celebrating and getting ready to cheer their team on. After that first game and seeing how the city came alive I knew I was a Panthers fan for life! We are one of very few NFL teams who have their stadium right in the heart of the city. Moving the stadium down to the North/South Carolina border just so there could be extra parking would ruin the uniqueness that Charlotte is known for. Fans would not be able to have easy access to attend games, and Charlotte as whole would suffer, not only impacting the fans but also local businesses. Think how much better the city is now that the Charlotte Knights have moved uptown! The stadium worked this year to implement some amazing new renovations, and I know Panther fans will support additional renovations to the current stadium in order to keep it in uptown. I am proud to be a Panthers fan and call Charlotte my home and hope you will take the time to sign my petition to keep our amazing team right at home in uptown Charlotte where they belong!!
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