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Fans welcome the Carolina Panthers home after Super Bowl 50

Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton waives to the crowd after returning from Super Bowl 50. (Alex Giles | WBTV) Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton waives to the crowd after returning from Super Bowl 50. (Alex Giles | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Hundreds of fans came out Monday night to welcome their Carolina Panthers back home after Super Bowl 50. The Cats lost the big game, but that didn't stop loyal Charlotteans from showing their Panthers pride and support.

The team's plane landed around 6:45 p.m. at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport where it was given an honorary "spray over" by the Charlotte Fire Department.

Fans cheered as the players exited the plane one by one before getting on buses to take them to Bank of America Stadium where even larger crowds were waiting.

Dozens of Panthers diehards cheered as the Panthers’ team buses pulled into the stadium parking lot.

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One by one the players filed off the bus. Some gave the fans high-fives. Some gave a brief wave to the crowd. Head coach Ron Rivera high-fived several of the fans as he made his way through the parking lot.

Panthers fan David Maineri said he had been standing outside in the cold weather waiting for the team for several hours. He was bundled up in Panthers gear.

"This team means a lot to this city, and we love them so much," said Maineri.

Others were optimistic about the future of the Panthers team.

"I'm so excited for next year. This year ain't go how we wanted it to go, but I'm excited for next year. We got a lot of great players," said fan Marcus Gladden.

After a great season, fans say they will have high expectations when the next season rolls around.

Fan Kenny Powers put it simply, "Next year it's all the way."

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