Seemingly no one wanted to win the NFC South division title race in 2014, so the Carolina Panthers stepped up and won the division for the second straight season with a 7-8-1 record. Going for three division titles in a row, the Panthers are also looking to get past the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs, the place where their season has ended in back-to-back years.
One break the Panthers received before the season even begins is the amount of travel the team has to deal with. According to an article produced by CBSSports.com, the Panthers rank 26th out of 32 teams in estimated travel miles for the upcoming season. The Panthers have an estimated 11,660 miles to be traveled, along with only one trip exceeding 2,000 miles.
The Panthers have plenty of high-quality road opponents this season and some hefty secondary market ticket prices to show for it. Along with the three most expensive Panthers’ road games this season provided by TiqIQ.com, below are the travel options associated with those games from Hipmunk.com to give an idea of what a Carolina Panthers road trip will cost this season.
10/18/2015 | Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers | CenturyLink Field | Average Price: $406.23 | Get-in Price: $178
The Carolina Panthers’ season ended in the NFC Divisional Round by losing to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Cam Newton and co. will get a chance for some revenge during this early-season matchup, in which the Panthers will try and eek out a win in the toughest stadium to play in the NFL. Hipmunk has round trip Seattle flights costing around $400 and will take about five-and-a-half hours through the air. This is the one trip that is over 2,000 miles for the Panthers.
11/26/2015 | Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers | AT&T Stadium | Average Price: $276.18 | Get-in Price: $83 | Thursday Night Football
The Panther’s trip to Dallas will also require a flight, unless an over 15-hour road trip is in the plans. The trip that is just over 1,000 miles will require two-and-a-half hours of flight time and is currently costing fewer than $200 on Hipmunk. Considering the quality of the opponent, with the Cowboys being “America’s Team” and coming off a playoff campaign, that’s really good value for Carolina fans thinking about making the trek.
12/6/2015 | New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers | Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Average Price: $202.91 | Get-in Price: $56
The road trip to New Orleans is slightly more reasonable than Dallas, but is still a hike. The estimated 700-mile trip would take about 10-11 hours by car. Round trip New Orleans flights cost near $260, which ranks in-between the Dallas and Seattle games. However, the New Orleans game might be the most desirable game on this list, being that they are an NFC South division foe, plus it also features the cheapest get-in ticket price at $56 at the famed Mercedes-Benz Superdome.