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Bank of America Stadium

Charlotte
Category: Recreation
Award: Best Way to Show Team Spirit
Year Won: 2014
Pick: Editor's Pick

Charlotte sports fans know the story: In January 2004, former linebacker Sam Mills stood in front of the Carolina Panthers before a playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys and said, “When I found out I had cancer, there were two things I could do—quit or keep pounding. I’m a fighter. I kept pounding.” The Panthers won the game. Mills died a year later. But the words live on. And in the season of many slogans for the Panthers as they marched toward the NFC South Division title last year, “Keep Pounding” was the most meaningful. Sometimes before games, Panthers’ staff will bring the famous bass drum to the stadium entrance and invite fans to pound away.