The Panthers are now charging for what used to be their biggest free event of the year. And in the process, they’ve opened the door to any opposing scouts who wanted to swing by.

The Panthers have confirmed they’re selling tickets to this year’s Aug. 4 Fan Fest practice, and the $5 per ticket will be donated to the team’s charitable arm.

“Due to increased demand and precautions for fan safety, all patrons must have a ticket to attend the event,” Panthers director of communications Steven Drummond said. “Admission will be $5 for a reserved ticket. Proceeds from Fan Fest will benefit Carolina Panthers Charities and will support grant funding awards to non-profit organizations that serve communities in the two-state region.”

The team was overwhelmed two years ago, when more than 55,000 fans showed up for the event after they moved it to a Friday night and had a huge walk-up crowd. But it was a little too crowded, and they chose to issue free tickets last year. Attendance was announced at over 40,000, though rains kept the crowd down as much as anything.

Source: Pro Football Talk

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