DRIVING THROUGH UPTOWN during a Panthers home game looks a bit different during a pandemic: Photographer Logan Cyrus was out there for the team’s first game of the season. Here, he captures a few that made the best of it:
Rufus Justice, in town visting family in Charlotte, poses in his Raiders jersey in front of Panthers branded construction curtains outside of Bank of America Stadium.
Jennifer Wassman from Idaho and William Killian from Hickory, NC pose for a portrat under construction scaffolding near Bank of America Stadium.
Amber Mahomme poses as Justin Blango photographs her and their baby, Ava Blango, in front of Bank of America stadium a few minutes before kickoff.
Justin Blango poses for a picture with his Luke Kuechly jersey. The former player Kuechly is now working in the team’s scouting department.
Lucas (left) and Matthew (right) try and flag down potential tailgaters at a lot near Bank of America stadium. Eric Connors who runs the lot talked about how they would be happy to sell space to potential tailgaters but think that people assume they aren’t allowed due to COVID-19.
Eric Connors, whose family has offered parking for tailgaters since 1995, says that they could be losing up thousands of dollars each home game if fans aren’t there to tailgate.
The folks at Camp Meathead were one of just a couple groups that showed up to tailgate for todays Carolina Panthers home opener.
On a typical home game, these parking spaces would normally be full.
Paul Rathke, who has been selling Panthers apparel near Bank of America stadium on game days since 1997, stated he didn’t expect a lot of business, since no fans were allowed in the stadium.