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Old September 30th, 2012, 12:15 AM   #61
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Its a nice stadium does what it says on the tin.
LOL, nice one.

It is a great stadium, nice steep pitch to the seats, excellent sightlines, fans in the top rows are not too far from the action and it has 2 rows of suites, what more do you need?
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LOL, nice one.

It is a great stadium, nice steep pitch to the seats, excellent sightlines, fans in the top rows are not too far from the action and it has 2 rows of suites, what more do you need?
well....
http://www.fieldofschemes.com/2012/0...thers-stadium/

pretty minor i suppose compared to what some teams who will remain nameless (coughramsandfalconscoughcough!) are pushing for
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Old October 4th, 2012, 01:36 AM   #63
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New ScoreBoard to the stadium like Lambeau field
That concrete around the stadium ( inside ) above 1 tier and 2 or 3rd tier needs to be cover like some sort of material because now it look like a Dump Junkyard Field and like the stadium by the way
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We speak English here, can I get a translation?
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New ScoreBoard to the stadium like Lambeau field
That concrete around the stadium ( inside ) above 1 tier and 2 or 3rd tier needs to be cover like some sort of material because now it look like a Dump Junkyard Field and like the stadium by the way
... I'm sorry, but what?
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Old October 4th, 2012, 07:31 AM   #66
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I think he's saying he likes the stadium, but that all the exposed, unpainted interior concrete facades are aesthetically unpleasing.
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Old October 5th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #67
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that it sorry jet lag came from bali to australia
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Old October 13th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #68
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Wow...this stadium is awesome.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 08:57 AM   #69
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Panthers hire Populous to conduct a long-range study of the stadium:

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — As the Carolina Panthers finish a plan to renovate Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte leaders got a tour Wednesday of what the team may be aiming for: The new $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium that houses the NFL’s Giants and Jets.

The tour was organized by the Charlotte Chamber as part of its three-day inter-city visit to New York, and Panthers owner Jerry Richardson made the trip to speak briefly to attendees. The team hasn’t formally asked the city of Charlotte for financial help, but a number of city leaders believe they will be asked to help pay for the renovations of the 16-year-old stadium.

The City Council voted in closed session last month for city staff members to meet with the Panthers, and Mayor Anthony Foxx has invited Richardson to discuss his stadium upfit plans.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #70
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It's strange, this stadium looks huge in photos from this thread but smallin the game I'm watching on TV. Eyeballing it from TV I guessed maybe 68k or so, very deceiving.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 03:54 PM   #71
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Seems to happen quite often at American stadiums does this:

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Pasco man in critical condition after stadium fall

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A New Port Richey man is in critical condition after he fell from the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC last night.

Police say 22 year-old Sean Michael Powers was attending the ACC Championship game and was on the 400 level ramp of the stadium when he fell more than 50 feet onto the grass.

He was transported to a local hospital. Paramedics on scene described his injuries as life threatening.

No other information about how this incident happened as been released.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 02:18 AM   #72
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Seems to happen quite often at American stadiums does this:



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It's all relative, we have more large stadiums than anywhere else, so of course we will have more drunk idiots winning Darwin awards
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Old January 16th, 2013, 12:05 PM   #74
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City gives early nod to Panthers stadium money

The Charlotte City Council has given an early endorsement to the Carolina Panthers’ request for $125 million in public money for stadium renovations, voting 7-2 to gauge the support of the N.C. General Assembly.

Under the city’s plan, discussed Monday night, a 1 percent tax on prepared food and beverages would be increased to 2 percent. That money would help pay for renovations for Bank of America Stadium, the team’s home since 1996.


Voting to advance the proposal – which still needs approval from the legislature and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory – were Democrats John Autry, LaWana Mayfield, James Mitchell, David Howard, Beth Pickering, Claire Fallon and Republican Andy Dulin.

Republican Warren Cooksey and Democrat Michael Barnes voted no. Democrat Patsy Kinsey had left the meeting, and Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon, a Democrat, abstained from the nonbinding vote due to a possible conflict.

Mayor Anthony Foxx, a Democrat, didn’t vote. He has indicated in the past that he supports helping the team.

The vote was an indication to the legislature that the city supports the proposal, though some council members said they are still negotiating with the Panthers. A number of council members said they believe that McCrory and legislative leaders also support the plan.

If the General Assembly approves the tax increase, possibly next month, the City Council would then take a vote in open session to enact it.

The total cost of the stadium renovations is reportedly more than $200 million. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is also expected to ask the state for money, according to people who attended the meeting.

Some council members are concerned about the team’s long-term future in Charlotte.

Richardson, 76, has said he won’t move the team. But it’s unclear what his succession plan is, and some fear the team could be sold and moved, possibly to Los Angeles, which doesn’t have an NFL team. Richardson had a heart transplant in 2009.

Two council members said the city is negotiating with the Panthers for some level of assurance the team would remain in Charlotte as a condition for the $125 million.

Monday’s meeting was attended by Richardson and team President Danny Morrison. Both made a presentation to council members, and then left the closed session meeting before the vote.

The team didn’t talk to the media Monday night. During a news conference Tuesday to introduce the team’s new general manager, Dave Gettleman, the team said it wouldn’t answer any questions about the stadium renovations. The team referred all questions to the city of Charlotte.

The city’s decision to discuss the Panthers request in closed session was different from how it handled a request last year from the Charlotte Knights baseball team for money to build an uptown baseball stadium.

When the Knights asked for city help, the issue was discussed in public meetings.

Some council members said Tuesday they didn’t know why the Knights stadium deliberations were held in public, while the Panthers were allowed to meet with council members in private.

“I don’t have an answer for that,” said Cooksey. He added that he would not discuss what was said in a closed session meeting.

Pickering said the Panthers are “important” to Charlotte and a public debate over the plan could have led to “misimpressions.”

She said the Knights’ desire for an uptown stadium had been discussed for years before council members considered giving the team money.

Higher food and bar taxes

Council members had previously believed that the city would increase Mecklenburg County’s hotel/motel occupancy tax to pay for stadium renovations. But city staff told council members Monday that the hotel/motel tax is high enough already.

The total Mecklenburg tax on hotel and motel rooms is 15.25 percent. The tax was raised by two percentage points last decade to pay for the $200 million NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Staff members instead turned to a countywide 1 percent tax on prepared food and beverages that was enacted more than 20 years ago to pay for the Charlotte Convention Center. That tax generates about $24 million a year.

An increase in that tax may only be for the city of Charlotte – not the entire county. If limited to the city of Charlotte, that increase would reportedly generate about $18 million or $19 million a year.

If the tax is approved, the overall sales tax for restaurant and bar purchases inside the city would increase to 9.25 percent.

For a city resident who spends $50 a week on prepared food and beverages, the tax increase would cost about 50 cents a week, or $26 a year.

The N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association has said in the past that restaurants shouldn’t be singled out for special taxes. The current president, Lynn Minges, couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Chris Walker, a spokesperson for McCrory, said the governor has no comment on the issue and hasn’t been approached about it.

Jordan Shaw, a spokesperson for House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican from Cornelius, couldn’t be reached for comment.

The possible tax increase comes as Foxx and the City Council are trying to pass a multi-year capital program, which could cost between $500 million and $900 million. Any capital plan would require a property tax increase.

Laying the groundwork

There have been indications for months that the City Council was open to helping the city’s NFL team.

In October, several council members toured MetLife Stadium, a new $1.6 billion facility in New Jersey used by the New York Giants and New York Jets. The stadium is one of the league’s most modern and luxurious, and public officials and business leaders were impressed by the stadium’s exclusive suites and club areas. The trip was part of the Charlotte Chamber’s inter-city visit.

Richardson flew to New York to speak with council members and others on the tour. A day after the stadium tour, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the Charlotte delegation that the city could one day host a Super Bowl, so long as Bank of America Stadium is renovated and the city adds hotel rooms uptown.

The team has given only a few details of what a renovation could entail. The team told the Observer last fall that Richardson wants to add escalators to make it easier for fans to reach the upper bowl. In addition, the team wants to improve its video boards.

During Monday’s meeting, the team reportedly told council members it would also improve suites.
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Old February 9th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #76
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Charlotte council backs $144M for Panthers stadium

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte's City Council has agreed to a plan that would give the Carolina Panthers nearly $144 million from a food-and-beverage tax hike to pay for upgrades to its downtown stadium, Mayor Anthony Foxx said Friday.

Foxx said North Carolina General Assembly approval would be needed for the city to increase its prepared food-and-beverage tax by one cent. That part of the deal hasn't been settled.

The money would be paid over 15 years and requires the team to stay in Charlotte for that period of time. That would resolve concerns from city officials that the Panthers could relocate the franchise to another city.

Team officials declined comment on the announcement, referring all questions to city officials. However, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson addressed the concerns that the team would leave town if a deal couldn't be reached.

''I never would want our team to move somewhere else. I never said that,'' Richardson said after the city council's closed-session meeting.

The Panthers are proposing $250 million in upgrades to Bank of America Stadium, including additional escalators to help fans more easily reach the upper deck, and better video boards.
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The city of Charlotte and the Carolina Panthers have reached a deal in which the city would contribute $87.5 million for renovations of Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a six -year “hard tether” to keep the team.

The city’s economic development committee unanimously approved the deal Wednesday afternoon, and the full City Council is expected to approve the proposal Monday night.

Wednesday’s agreement was more modest than the city and the Panthers had originally envisioned.


The first proposal was that the city would contribute $125 million towards stadium improvements along with $18.75 million in annual payments over 15 years for stadium maintenance and traffic control costs. The state was going to pay $62.5 million. The Panthers would have spent $62.5 million for stadium improvements and $15 million for maintenance.

For that, the Panthers would have been bound to Charlotte for 15 years.

That was contingent on the General Assembly approving an increase in the local prepared food and beverage tax. Legislators rejected that take hike, and instead only gave the city flexibility to use money from its existing Convention Center fund. Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders also declined to give the team any money.

Thwarted by Raleigh, the city created a plan that gives the Panthers less money.

In exchange, the city only gets a firm six-year commitment that the Panthers stay in Charlotte. The deal also has what the city has characterized as a four-year “soft tether” after that. In those four years, the team has agreed to stay in the city, though it would be relatively easy for the Panthers to move in years 7 through 10 of the deal.

Panthers president Danny Morrison, who attended the meeting, said he considers it a 10-year agreement to keep the Panthers in Charlotte.


“The best tether of all is (majority owner) Jerry Richardson,” Morrison said after the meeting. “He loves the Carolinas. We think this is a 10-year tether.”

The short length of the firm commitment to Charlotte could mean the City Council is negotiating with the team again, as soon as after the 2016 season, when Bank of America Stadium will be 23 years old.

Morrison said it would be “premature” to speculate on whether the team would be considering a new stadium at that point. He said Wednesday that he believes Bank of America Stadium can last many more years, due to what he called its “classic design” and attractive landscaping surrounding it.

He said with the new technology improvements the team is planning, the stadium “can have a long life.”

Morrison said renovations will begin after the 2013 season.

The first phase of renovations will include escalators to take fans to the upper deck, which will cost $28 million.

The Panthers will also spend $30 million in new video boards, ribbon boards and improving the stadium sound system.

The team also plans to spend $25 million on stadium infrastructure, which includes HVAC systems. The team said it will also spend $12.5 million on concourse improvements.

Morrison said it’s possible the team could build terraces on the upper deck concourses to give fans a view of uptown skyscrapers.

But a number of projects won’t move forward because the team has less money than planned. Among the projects that have been cut: $29 million for club seats and suite improvements; $30 million for a new practice facility; and $16 million for larger entry gates, a larger ticket office and a new team store.

After the city gives the $87.5 million to the Panthers, the city’s Convention Center fund will have only $11 million left for new projects.

The center was last expanded in 2010, when the Crown Ballroom opened with the NASCAR Hall of Fame. But Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority chief executive Tom Murray has said the 17-year-old center will likely need some renovations, including new bathrooms.

It’s unclear if the $11 million remaining will be able to cover those improvements.

Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble said the city may have to ask the General Assembly for more money in the future, for additional renovations at Bank of America Stadium or the Convention Center.

“I suspect we’ll back to the well,” Kimble said. “But that’s for another day.”
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http://www.panthers.com/media-vault/...-48232cc256f5#

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Old January 7th, 2014, 09:13 PM   #79
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Very nice scheme, I say. I can't speak as to the value of the investment, as I'm not that big into video boards at stadiums, but overall I'd say this is a very stately addition to an already high quality venue.

That Pepsi crap has got to go, however!
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Looks very nice

Will these upgrades be in place for next season?
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