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NFC Championship game declared Extraordinary Event


The NFC Championship game has been declared an Extraordinary Event, City Manager Ron Carlee announced Thursday.

The Panthers Pride Rally, originally set to start at noon Friday at Romare Bearden Park, was also declared an Extraordinary Event before it was canceled due to winter weather.

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"An Extraordinary Event is defined as a large-scale event or an event of national or international significance which might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city," Carlee says.

The Carolina Panthers are set to take on the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game Sunday evening at the Bank of America Stadium in uptown Charlotte. 

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Large Charlotte events since the 2015 Paris Attacks, including all Panthers home games, the Belk Bowl and New Year's Eve, have been declared extraordinary events.

The NFL strongly recommends that fans not bring bags with them to the stadium. Below is the NFL bag policy and helpful suggestions from the Panthers for fans attending Sunday's game:

  • Please try to arrive to the stadium a few minutes earlier than you typically do on game day.
  • We encourage patrons to leave all bags at home, but if you must bring a bag please limit the items you carry in the bag. If we are unable to see all items in the clear bags, or if the clear bag is larger than 12”x12”x6”, you will not be permitted to enter the Bag Check or Express lines.
  • The Carolina Panthers offer free clear bags at tents located at Graham Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, at the corner of Mint and Stonewall Streets, at the intersection of Mint and Morehead Streets, and near the practice field.
  • Purses and bags smaller than 4.5” x 6.5” are permitted after inspection at the gates. If the purse or bag is larger than 4.5”x 6.5”, you will not be permitted to enter the Bag Check or Express lines.
  • It is always more efficient to use our Express Lanes. Please remember to remove all metal objects from your pockets prior to reaching a screener. This will ensure a more efficient entry for all fans.
  • As we approach the cold weather season, please unzip your jackets and remove your hats as you approach the screeners. This will ensure a more efficient entry for all fans.


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