Nearly 1,000 Carolina Panthers fans on Monday night celebrated a winning season despite the Super Bowl 50 loss, waiting for hours in chilly weather and occasional rain at Bank of America Stadium to give the team a warm welcome home.
The Panthers returned home Monday, landing at Charlotte Douglas International Airport around 6:30 p.m. They were honored on the runway with a ceremonial water cannon salute shot by airport fire trucks.
The players quickly and quietly boarded several waiting buses. The public was not allowed into the area near the runway, but a cluster of cheering fans gathered outside the fence. Many held signs of support.