While the Carolina Panthers were in Cleveland, Ohio contesting their Week 14 matchup, Jack Frost was busy back home in the Carolinas. Thanks to Winter Storm Diego, the Panthers returned home to find that their home of Charlotte, North Carolina was covered in a blanket of white – With their base at Bank of America Stadium being no exception.
On Monday, with snow continuing to pelt the Carolinas, the Panthers posted a picture of the current field conditions at Bank of America Stadium: There is not a spec of grass to be seen, as the Panthers’ field is completely covered in snow.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 10, 2018
While the Southeast is generally not known for heavy snowstorms (Particularly not this early in Wintertime), the Carolinas have been transformed into a winter wonderland – for better or worse. According to a report by WSOC, the heaviest snowfall in the greater Charlotte area came north of the city and into the mountains: The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area saw as much as 17 inches of snow, while nearby Mooresville, North Carolina saw 14 inches. Charlotte itself experienced a less dramatic snowfall of 2.7 inches.
While the worst of the storm has passed, there are still lingering effects to be watched out for: Particularly on the state’s roads, where North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has warned of the potential for freezing cold temperatures on Monday night to create icy conditions for motorists.
From a football perspective, the Panthers would probably like for these same sort of conditions next Monday night, when they host the New Orleans Saints – A team not known for their style of play traveling well in very cold temperatures and on natural grass. However, it is probably for the best that the Panthers aren’t playing given the treachery that the snowy conditions present to traveling fans, players, and coaches alike.
The Panthers did not hold any sort of media activities or otherwise on Monday. As the Panthers are playing on Monday Night Football in Week 15, head coach Ron Rivera‘s usual day-after media availability and the Panthers’ open locker room media availability will take place on Tuesday instead.
Once the snow clears, the Panthers will have two home games left to play this season. The Panthers will host the Saints in Week 15, and then host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16 before traveling to New Orleans’ Superdome for their regular season finale. The Panthers need some home-cooking in the worst way, given that they have gone 5-1 at home this season, but are an awful 1-6 on the road – And could very easily be winless outside of Charlotte had they not executed a historic fourth-quarter comeback in Philadelphia.
The Panthers’ home-field advantage will be an absolute necessity for the Panthers over the next two weeks – as it’s one of the only things they have left with three games to go.