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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fan Fest is underway at Bank of America Stadium Friday night, and Panthers fans are getting their first look at some new stadium renovations.

Bank of America nearly ready for next season

Director of Stadium Operations Scott Paul took NBC Charlotte on a tour to see the new 212 by 63 foot scoreboards above each end zone, the two new ribbon boards stretching around the stadium and the new escalators.

"After all of the work we did on this, we wanted the fans to be the first ones to see it," Paul said.

Some rowdy fans gathered at the north entrance leading up to 5 when the gates opened. John Jackson has been to every Panthers game since the team was founded 20 years ago.

"We're going to go 10-6 this year," Jackson said. "Of course we're going to make the playoffs, take that to the bank."

Typically, Fan Fest is held after a week of training camp takes place down at Wofford College in Spartanburg, but because of an August 2nd soccer match, the team held it as their first practice of the year.

Practice started at 6:30 p.m.

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