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Estimated 25-30k fans gather for Panthers Pride Rally in uptown Charlotte

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An estimated 25-30,000 Panthers fans showed their support for the NFC Champions ahead of the Super Bowl 50 during a Panthers Pride Rally at Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.

That number is according to Center City Partners after the nearly hour and a half rally end.

A few Denver Broncos fans were spotted in the sea of blue.

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Playing songs that fit with the Panthers dream season like "Livin' On A Prayer," and "Don't Stop Believing," fans danced and sang under a bright blue sky.

The practice field is close to Romare Bearden Park. Fans got there so early that while they waited they were encouraged to sing "Don’t stop believing" so the players could hear them.

Sir Purr and the Top Cats took the stage and were followed by officials including Mayor Jennifer Roberts and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

“The national media gives Charlotte no respect. Cam Newton didn’t get the respect he deserves, these players didn’t get the respect they deserve but guess what they earned it,” McCrory said to the crowd.

Mick Mixon, the Carolina Panthers play-by-play radio announcer, was the MC for the rally.

“Can you feel it? Can you feel we’re this close? We’re 60 minutes of winning football away from fulfilling our owner Jerry Richardson’s dream of bringing the world championship right here to the Carolinas,” Mixon said.

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Several Panthers attended, including Thomas Davis and Josh Norman, and took time to thank the fans for the support over the season.

“We want you guys to know we feed off of your energy the energy you bring to the stadium is unmatched,” Davis said. “It ain’t by chance that we came into this stadium and went undefeated We did that because we had Panther Nation behind us the whole way.”

Davis broke his arm during Sunday’s game but showed appeared ready to go for the Super Bowl.

“We told you we were going to continue to work hard and keep pounding. we were going to get back to this point and now we’re here and we have unfinished business,” said Davis. “Trust and believe next Sunday we’re going to give you guys everything that we have to make sure we bring back that championship back to Charlotte.”

Mike Tolbert also thanked the crowd.

“All the hard work we put in we do for you guys, so you all can come and enjoy the product we put on the field,” Tolbert said.

Coach Ron Rivera also received thunderous cheers and he appreciated it.

“A week from Sunday, make sure we can hear you when we’re in Santa Clara. Make sure you’re cheering for us,” Rivera said. He led the crowd in a Keep Pounding cheer and ended it by saying, “Thank you Panther Nation.”

At the end of the rally, Mick Mixon - the voice of the Panthers - announced that two young girls had been separated from their parents. The girls were reunited with their families a short time later.

The Panthers head to California to play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl 50 next month. 

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