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Training Camp Question

Posted: 7/23/2013 10:01 AM

Training Camp Question 


I am planning on going down to Spartanburg for at least a day maybe 2 for training camp. This will be my first time going. Does anyone have any suggestions as far as time to get there or anything I should be prepared for? I found the schedule on Panthers.com are their some dates better than others to go? Thanks for all your help!
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Posted: 7/23/2013 1:14 PM

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Week days are the best because they're less crowded.

Get there early for a couple of reasons: 1) a lot of players get to the field early and do different stuff 2) shade is at a premium, find one of the very few trees and claim it as your.

General stuff- hydrate, hydrate and then hydrate. Hot and humid down there, no shade and rarely any wind to speak of. There are a couple of good places to eat in the area, let me know if you want my suggestions.

If you're an autograph seeker the upper field towards the school is where most of that will go down after practice. Kids take priority, as they should, but most of the guys are more than willing to sign and chat if you act like a civilized human.

They will have a souviner trailer and usually have a lot of good deals on it, they also have a small concession trailer.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head, ask if you have any specific questions.

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Posted: 7/23/2013 1:39 PM

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I cannot agree with JOAT any more over the hydrate issue. Also, do not expect to see much on the far side of the field, but the field sits in the middle of the area, and puts the hill-side your best camera & binocular viewpoint. The souvenir trailer is usually at the top of the hill area. Autographs are easier there than at BOA on game day, and usually NOT quite as good as the practice field @ BOA the Saturday before a HG.

There will be a lot of yelling...for all sorts of reasons, and passive natures DO NOT prevail...HOWEVER, DO NOT be disrespectful ! Yes, there are people who just do not get it.
Be friendly to the staff, especially the "buffers" who line the sidelines...they can often get you closer, or attention, to the players if they feel you are cooperative.

Now that they have singular practices, the times will sometimes seem to fly by, but they are already anxious to get the practices over when it is 98 degrees, so quite often they almost rush in if they are veterans. Hence Smith, Williams, or Stewart are tough, but linemen, defense and coaches are accessible.

It is fun, you meet some great fellow fans and surely see guys that may leave before the season starts. The good thing is to figure out who you wish to see, so that when they break up to squads you'll find the players you want to see most. Good luck!

JOAT will prolly help you find an eatery they frequent...again be respectful.
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Posted: 7/23/2013 2:56 PM

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gmonet wrote: I cannot agree with JOAT any more over the hydrate issue. Also, do not expect to see much on the far side of the field, but the field sits in the middle of the area, and puts the hill-side your best camera & binocular viewpoint. The souvenir trailer is usually at the top of the hill area. Autographs are easier there than at BOA on game day, and usually NOT quite as good as the practice field @ BOA the Saturday before a HG.

There will be a lot of yelling...for all sorts of reasons, and passive natures DO NOT prevail...HOWEVER, DO NOT be disrespectful ! Yes, there are people who just do not get it.
Be friendly to the staff, especially the "buffers" who line the sidelines...they can often get you closer, or attention, to the players if they feel you are cooperative.

Now that they have singular practices, the times will sometimes seem to fly by, but they are already anxious to get the practices over when it is 98 degrees, so quite often they almost rush in if they are veterans. Hence Smith, Williams, or Stewart are tough, but linemen, defense and coaches are accessible.

It is fun, you meet some great fellow fans and surely see guys that may leave before the season starts. The good thing is to figure out who you wish to see, so that when they break up to squads you'll find the players you want to see most. Good luck!

JOAT will prolly help you find an eatery they frequent...again be respectful.
This isn't the same as college camp (its much easier) but some of these guys ain't happy to be working in this weather.  I remember running conditioning and seeing people sitting up on the hills watching us on picnic blankets.  I used to think why on Gods green earth are you here at this moment watching me suffer, lol.  In short its not a happy time.
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Posted: 7/23/2013 3:33 PM

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Realguyjeff wrote:
gmonet wrote: I cannot agree with JOAT any more over the hydrate issue. Also, do not expect to see much on the far side of the field, but the field sits in the middle of the area, and puts the hill-side your best camera & binocular viewpoint. The souvenir trailer is usually at the top of the hill area. Autographs are easier there than at BOA on game day, and usually NOT quite as good as the practice field @ BOA the Saturday before a HG.

There will be a lot of yelling...for all sorts of reasons, and passive natures DO NOT prevail...HOWEVER, DO NOT be disrespectful ! Yes, there are people who just do not get it.
Be friendly to the staff, especially the "buffers" who line the sidelines...they can often get you closer, or attention, to the players if they feel you are cooperative.

Now that they have singular practices, the times will sometimes seem to fly by, but they are already anxious to get the practices over when it is 98 degrees, so quite often they almost rush in if they are veterans. Hence Smith, Williams, or Stewart are tough, but linemen, defense and coaches are accessible.

It is fun, you meet some great fellow fans and surely see guys that may leave before the season starts. The good thing is to figure out who you wish to see, so that when they break up to squads you'll find the players you want to see most. Good luck!

JOAT will prolly help you find an eatery they frequent...again be respectful.
This isn't the same as college camp (its much easier) but some of these guys ain't happy to be working in this weather.  I remember running conditioning and seeing people sitting up on the hills watching us on picnic blankets.  I used to think why on Gods green earth are you here at this moment watching me suffer, lol.  In short its not a happy time.
I can sure identify with that...I served two tours in Viet Nam! Hell the weather was as bad as the VC's. I just had about 75 lbs of gear,the same with pads and helmet, but you guys had a "cooling tent" and bottled water! Just kidding, it's awful...still "they will come!" Realguyjeff!
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Posted: 7/23/2013 5:40 PM

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Thanks for the responses guys.
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Posted: 7/23/2013 9:02 PM

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gmonet wrote:
Realguyjeff wrote:
gmonet wrote: I cannot agree with JOAT any more over the hydrate issue. Also, do not expect to see much on the far side of the field, but the field sits in the middle of the area, and puts the hill-side your best camera & binocular viewpoint. The souvenir trailer is usually at the top of the hill area. Autographs are easier there than at BOA on game day, and usually NOT quite as good as the practice field @ BOA the Saturday before a HG.

There will be a lot of yelling...for all sorts of reasons, and passive natures DO NOT prevail...HOWEVER, DO NOT be disrespectful ! Yes, there are people who just do not get it.
Be friendly to the staff, especially the "buffers" who line the sidelines...they can often get you closer, or attention, to the players if they feel you are cooperative.

Now that they have singular practices, the times will sometimes seem to fly by, but they are already anxious to get the practices over when it is 98 degrees, so quite often they almost rush in if they are veterans. Hence Smith, Williams, or Stewart are tough, but linemen, defense and coaches are accessible.

It is fun, you meet some great fellow fans and surely see guys that may leave before the season starts. The good thing is to figure out who you wish to see, so that when they break up to squads you'll find the players you want to see most. Good luck!

JOAT will prolly help you find an eatery they frequent...again be respectful.
This isn't the same as college camp (its much easier) but some of these guys ain't happy to be working in this weather.  I remember running conditioning and seeing people sitting up on the hills watching us on picnic blankets.  I used to think why on Gods green earth are you here at this moment watching me suffer, lol.  In short its not a happy time.
I can sure identify with that...I served two tours in Viet Nam! Hell the weather was as bad as the VC's. I just had about 75 lbs of gear,the same with pads and helmet, but you guys had a "cooling tent" and bottled water! Just kidding, it's awful...still "they will come!" Realguyjeff!

God bless you my brother ...you guys were the real heros bro, not these prima donna azzhats that run fast with a ball ...much respect G ....


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Posted: 7/24/2013 7:15 AM

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I love the people who like to shout instructions to the players. You know, the best of the best. Those who have reached the highest point in their respective fields and yes, YOU have some sound advice for them?

It's funny and furiating at the same time.

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. "

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Posted: 7/24/2013 10:47 AM

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Good news seems to be that NO heat records will be broken this week for those of you going this weekend. I hope they get no lightning there...it is scary as hell when the wind gets going in that open field hill!
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Posted: 7/26/2013 1:16 PM

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You know what the schedule will be like on Monday? I am planning on going down this coming Monday if it's a good day to be there. You gonna be around JOAT? This will be my first camp after all these years, can't wait!biggrin
Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: Week days are the best because they're less crowded.

Get there early for a couple of reasons: 1) a lot of players get to the field early and do different stuff 2) shade is at a premium, find one of the very few trees and claim it as your.

General stuff- hydrate, hydrate and then hydrate. Hot and humid down there, no shade and rarely any wind to speak of. There are a couple of good places to eat in the area, let me know if you want my suggestions.

If you're an autograph seeker the upper field towards the school is where most of that will go down after practice. Kids take priority, as they should, but most of the guys are more than willing to sign and chat if you act like a civilized human.

They will have a souviner trailer and usually have a lot of good deals on it, they also have a small concession trailer.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head, ask if you have any specific questions.

- Making the same mistakes over, and over again, but expecting different results: the definition of insanity -Rita Mae

Last edited 7/26/2013 1:18 PM by jricher03

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Posted: 7/26/2013 4:23 PM

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Have fun........BTW, it is an Internet legend that your insanity quote was made by Albert Einstein. I think it originated from a narcotics anonymous mantra albeit in a slightly different form.

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Posted: 7/26/2013 4:46 PM

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FakePlasticTrees wrote: Have fun........BTW, it is an Internet legend that your insanity quote was made by Albert Einstein. I think it originated from a narcotics anonymous mantra albeit in a slightly different form.
That better?cool I'm still wondering about Monday if anyone has any insight.

- Making the same mistakes over, and over again, but expecting different results: the definition of insanity -Rita Mae

Last edited 7/26/2013 4:49 PM by jricher03

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Posted: 7/26/2013 7:51 PM

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If any of you saw the photo of Cam with his Segway, they should be advised. The U.S. Postal system, 2,900 municipal police systems and a number of military units bought the Segway. Know why they dropped or banned them? Broken legs, cracked ribs and other serious injuries from spills or just simple "run ins" I just hope he uses his on the soft grass.

Don't get all analytical on me, gang. I told you the truth, but I just want this guy 100% healthy until our SB victory...or he retires at an old age, in a wheelchair.

We deserve a PS season folks!
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