The Carolina Panthers are preparing to debut the latest upgrades at Bank of America Stadium, including new fan amenities and an improved playing surface.
Over the offseason, the Panthers have been working on a $47 million phase of Bank of America Stadium improvements. The renovations that have taken place include overhauls of the 300 and 400 level clubs, as well as upgrades to the 100-level concourse.
Another major improvement was to the playing surface. In all, $800,000 was spent to replace the field and install a new irrigation and drainage system.
With the latest upgrades, the Panthers are not only pushing for improved player amenities at Bank of America Stadium, but are providing more options for their fans. More from The Charlotte Observer:
As was the case on the 500-level, pourable drinks (like fountain sodas) were removed from the fixed concession stands on the 100-level and put at all-you-can-drink stands nearby. Free-standing beer stands, including a 100-level craft beer bar that doubled its number of taps due to high demand, is available separate from other concessions.
The Panthers also completely gutted and renovated the 300- and 400-level clubs. New tile, new carpet, LED lighting, bigger high-definition TVs, and new furniture with more seating were all also added.
Outside the stadium, one change fans driving down Morehead Street will notice is a new technology building near the Mint Street intersection. It will house the cellular equipment designed to make it easier for fans to use their mobile devices in the stadium, Paul said.
“We want to give our fans every reason to come to the stadium. We know the younger generation watches sports differently. Of course, we want everyone in the bowl cheering on the Panthers during the course of play,” [executive director of stadium operations Scott] Paul said.
The Panthers will have a chance to show off the improvements at a Fan Fest that is scheduled for Friday evening, but of course the season is just a few weeks away. Bank of America Stadium will host its first preseason game on August 9, with the Panthers’ regular season home opener scheduled for September 17.
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