Founded in 1993, the Carolina panthers are a professional American football team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team belongs to the National Football Conference(NFC), South division in the National Football League(NFL). The team plays its home games in uptown Charlotte, Bank of America stadium. The club is founded, owned and controlled by Jerry Richardson and family with a 48 percent stake.
The team is coached by Ron Rivera and has Danny Morrison as the team president. The Carolina Panthers entered the league in 1995. Along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers became the first expansion team in the NFL since 1976. The team played well in their first two years, finishing 7–9 in 1995 (an all-time best for an NFL expansion team's first season). They lost their first game to the Atlanta Falcons 23–20. They did not have another winning season until 2003, when the team won the NFC Championship Game and reached Super Bowl XXXVIII, losing 32–29 to the New England Patriots. After recording playoff appearances in 2005 and 2008, the team failed to record another playoff appearance until 2013, when they finished with a 12–4 record and won the NFC South. The Panthers have made the playoffs six times, reaching the NFC Championship Game in three of them. They have won five division titles, one of them in the NFC West and four of them in the NFC South. The Panthers have made no significant uniform changes, but they have added an alternate Panther Blue jersey to their uniform line.
The Panthers are supported throughout the Carolinas; although the team has played their home games in Charlotte since the completion of their stadium in 1996, they played home games in Clemson, South Carolina, during their first season, and they host their annual training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina. At home games, the atmosphere has been described as comparable to that of other NFL teams, with some games playing host to a large number of fans of the opposing team; this has been attributed to several factors, such as the city's relatively recent entry into the NFL, the popularity of basketball in the Charlotte region, and the large number of Charlotte residents who are originally from other cities with NFL teams.