Carolina coach Ron Rivera says his players are approaching their six-day trip to Florida this week like it was a college bowl game.
The Panthers wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Democratic National Convention that is being held in Charlotte so they decided to practice in Florida and prepare for their regular season opener against Tampa Bay.
President Barack Obama will give his acceptance speech at Carolina's home stadium Thursday night and security around the facility is extremely tight.
The team (No. 20 in the AP Pro32) leaves for the IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla., on Tuesday.
Rivera says he hopes the week together will help players bond even more before the start of a long season.