SPARTANBURG (WSPA) – The Carolina Panthers have drawn more fans to it’s training camp in Spartanburg than the past two years combined.
The Panthers wrapped up training camp with a final practice Tuesday morning. The defending NFC champions drew a total of 135,371 people according to the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.
By comparison, a total of 126,654 fans attended practice sessions in 2014 and 2015 combined.
The Panthers record of 77,625 fans attending camp – set in 2015 – was broken halfway through the 14 practice sessions over the past three weeks.
“It’s an experience. It’s kind of hard to describe, but it’s fun energetic,” said Brooke McCready who attented Tuesday’s final practice. “You to meet other people, other fans from all over the place. That’s what actually made us fans was actually coming to a training camp.”
A total of 3,197 people attended the practice on Tuesday morning on a day when all public school districts in the Upstate have gone back to class.
The Panthers have practiced at Wofford College for every training camp since the team joined the NFL in 1995.