Most 12th man flags banned from Carolina stadium, here's why

by: KIRO 7 News Updated:

Seattle Seahawks fans hold a sign before an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The 12th  Man flag will not be flying loud and proud at the upcoming Seattle-Carolina play-off game, but it will not be for a lack of Seahawks fans. 

At the Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, fan flags can be no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet, according to KIRO 7 News’ sister station WSOC in Charlotte. 

And as it may feel like an unfriendly move toward the Seahawks, a revised banner policy went into place in November after Panthers quarterback Cam Newton tore down a Packer fan’s banner.

Stadium officials said the incident at the Green Bay game did play a role in prompting them to review the policy, but there were talks before that about changing it.

Panthers fans and rival teams alike will still be allowed to bring signs into the stadium, as long as they fit within the new size requirements.

“The policy is 24-by-24 (inches) and one person has to hold it,” Scott Paul, the Panthers’ director of stadium operations, told the Charlotte Observer. “So if something’s obviously larger than that 24-by-24 or obstructing someone from behind, our people will get involved. Otherwise, as long as it’s a football-related message, we’re going to allow it. That’s really no change in policy. The only thing we changed was size.”

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