The Carolina Panthers Fan Fest is an annual football celebration held at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fan Fest always takes place the week before the first Panthers' preseason game in early August. Stadium gates open for all Panthers' fans at about 6 pm. The show includes performances by cheerleading teams like the TopCats, PurrCussion, Sir Purr, and the Black & Blue Crew. Attendees can also see the Panthers' practice with individual and seven-on-seven drills.
One of the highlights of the Carolina Panthers Fan Fest is quarterback Cam Newton's "the wave" tradition that is repeated every year. Cam joins the audience for the synchronized "wave" when all fans at the stadium get up on their feet. He shows off complete accord with the Fan Fest crowds. The Fand Fest ends with a spectacular laser and fireworks show. Admission to the stadium is $5. Proceeds from the festival go to Carolina Panthers Charities.