CHARLOTTE, N.C.- The season opener at 1:00, against the Ravens will be "blacked-out" in Charlotte and much of North and South Carolina. The reason? About 1,850 tickets were still unsold on Friday, which was the league-mandated deadline.
The NFL requires that all tickets be sold 72 hours before kickoff for a blackout to be lifted. The Panthers were given a 24-hour extension because of ticket offices being closed on Labor Day. This is the first black-out that the Panthers have experienced at Ericsson Stadium, where they have been playing since 1996.
"Our preference would be to have the game on television, but we must respect the guidelines of the NFL," Panthers President Mark Richardson said.
Will this be the only black-out of the season? Hopefully, but not one of Carolina's eight regular season home games have sold out yet. Panthers, still struggling for a solid fan base because of it's newness as a team, hope to revive the fan's interest with new coach John Fox and top draft pick and defensive end, Julius Peppers.
Fans can listen to the Panthers' game on WRBZ-850 radio.