CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) - Carolina Panthers fans are excited for the season.
Thousands piled into the Bank of America stadium Wednesday night for the preseason game opener.
Before kickoff at 7:30 p.m., fans attended tailgating events leading up to the big event.
A popular tailgating event was hosted by the Roaring Riot near the stadium on Cedar Street. Organizers said about 100 people showed up.
Local bars and restaurants were also packed with fans eager to watch the game.
The Carolina Panthers defeated the Houston Texans 27-17.