Weird to see happy, upbeat, optimistic fans outside Bank of America. Been awhile. September maybe?
Not everybody wants the team to take Cam Newton. But even if fans don't want Newton, they'll be angry enough to care. Been awhile since fans cared.
There are lots of kids, lots of laughing. Fans tour the locker rooms, step onto the field and run the same route Ricky Proehl did against Jacksonville when he caught the last-second game-winning touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme.
General manager Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera will address fans after the Panthers make their pick.
Weather is ideal. Party is in the parking lot outside the stadium. Nobody, as far as the Panthers can tell, has ever thrown an outdoor party at the stadium on draft night.
A friend of mine drove by.
"I was surprised by the enthusiasm," he said.