The 12th Man flag can be seen at any stadium where the Seattle Seahawks play.
But if it shows up at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, it better be no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet.
The Carolina Panthers tweaked their banner and flag policy after Cam Newton tore down a Green Bay fan’s sign before Carolina’s Week 9 home win against the Packers. The policy will still allow flags or banners from the opposing team’s fans, but it can’t be large after the fan’s 8-foot by 3-foot Packers banner was ripped down.
“We did make some adjustments after the Green Bay game, and I think for a lot of reasons for what we may or may not see with the playoffs and Green Bay coming back,” said Scott Paul, the Panthers’ director of stadium operations. “The policy is 24-by-24 (inches) and one person has to hold it. We don’t want to get into conflict resolution. We don’t want our people to be dealing with banners. We want them to help the customer.
“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.”
Banners or flags cannot be affixed to any part of the stadium, obstruct any electronic signage like ribbon boards and can’t be attached to poles or sticks.
Seattle fans are known as the 12th Man. A blue flag with a ‘12’ in the middle is raised before each Seahawks home game and fans regularly have replicas at away games.