The Panthers first-ever home game was a 33-27 loss against the Oakland Invaders.
28,952 fans were on hand at the Pontiac Silverdome for the opener, but with the exception of two games it would be the team's largest regular season attendance in 1983.
The team's rematch against Oakland in the 1983 USFL Divisional Playoffs attracted the largest paid attendance in USFL history to that point - 60,237.
That record would stand until the second week of the 1984 season, when the Jacksonville Bulls drew 73,227 at home against the New Jersey Generals.

Record Record Holder Year Performance
Points Scored Novo Bojovic 1983 103
Yards Passing Bobby Hebert 1984 3,758
Touchdowns Passing Bobby Hebert 1983 27
Yards Rushing Ken Lacy 1983 1,180
Touchdowns Rushing John Williams 1983 12
Receptions Derek Holloway 1984 62
Yards Receiving Derek Holloway 1984 1,219
Punts David Greenwood 1984 38
Interceptions Oliver Davis 1984 5
Sacks John Corker 1983 28.0

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