The Latest: NFL’s Panthers to open season at full capacity

Carolina Panthers president Tom Glick says Bank of America Stadium will open at full capacity for all events this year, including NFL and college games

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Carolina Panthers president Tom Glick announced Monday that Bank of America Stadium will open at full capacity for all events this year, including NFL and college games.

The Panthers had extremely limited seating last year due to COVID-19.

Glick said masks will not be required for fans and there will be no proof of vaccination required to attend games. He also said there will be no temperature checks. The stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, will continue to have enhanced cleaning, which includes the use of disinfecting robots.

The Panthers also announced they plan to host training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina after a one-hiatus due to the coronavirus.

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The hard-court tournament announced Monday it will be played Aug. 21-28, in its usual spot on the ATP calendar right before the U.S. Open.

The total Winston-Salem Open prize money this year will be $717,955, with $96,505 going to the singles champion. The plan is to have 3,500 seats for fans.

It is an ATP World Tour 250 event with a 48-player draw in singles and 16 doubles teams.

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The University of Maryland will allow full seating capacity for the 2021-22 season at home games for its sports teams now that coronavirus restrictions have been lifted locally.

The new university guidelines Monday still require everyone over age 5 — including those fully vaccinated — to wear a face mask at indoor arenas and at what the school calls “crowded outdoor venues.”

The Big Ten school’s football team will play seven of its 12 games on campus for the first time in a decade. The 2021 opener is Sept. 4 against nonconference opponent West Virginia.

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