In 1993, the Carolina Panthers joined the National Football League as its 29th professional franchise. The Panthers were founded by former NFL player Jerry Richardson and began play during the 1995 season. Carolina set a new standard for professional expansion franchises by advancing to the National Football Conference championship game in its second season. The Panthers made it to the NFL title game following the 2003 season, losing 32-29 to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII. The franchise is based in Charlotte, N.C., and plays at Bank of America Stadium.