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From the top of the stadium scoreboard to the football field below and the surrounding city streets, Gardner-Webb University students, alumni and staff experienced the National Football League from seats in the middle of all the action. Twenty years ago this month, when the Carolina Panthers played their first-ever home game in Charlotte, a GWU group served as assistants for a team of award-winning professional photographers who captured the historic moments of that day, Sept. 1, 1996. Beginning hours before game time, continuing throughout the game and concluding hours after it ended, GWU community members helped transport, organize and operate equipment for photographers who told the story of the momentous occasion through images of the people involved.

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Gardner-Webb University Alumni Recall Experience of First-Ever Carolina Panthers Game in Charlotte