Opened in the summer of 1996, Bank of America Stadium is located in uptown Charlotte and was specifically designed for football. The 75,419-seat, privately-financed, open-air, natural grass stadium is designed as a self-contained headquarters for the Carolina Panthers and includes training facilities, practice fields and administrative offices.
The stadium facade features many unique elements, such as massive arches and towers at the entries, clad in building materials that accent the Panthers' black, silver and blue team colors. The interior has been designed to provide a generous ratio of concession and restroom facilities among wide and tall concourses in addition to individual cup and program holders, wide seats and state-of-the-art sound, video and scoreboard systems.
A renovation project during the 2014 offseason incorporated state-of-the-art technology into the fan experience, all while maintaining the stadium's classic design and stadium-in-the-park feel. Additions included four escalator bays that whisk fans to the upper levels, high-definition video boards above each end zone, vibrant ribbon boards encircling the entire bowl at the club and upper levels, and a high-efficiency, high-octave distributed sound system throughout the bowl.
The second phase of the five-year renovation plan for Bank of America Stadium during the 2015 offseason focused on completely redoing the facility's 153 suites, which now feature three rows of seating, fully retractable windows, radiant heat and more televisions. Upgrades were also made to the distributed antenna system to improve cellular service throughout the stadium.
The third phase of renovations, concentrating on security, Internet connectivity and the upper level concourse, was completed during the 2016 offseason. Walk-through magnetometers were installed at all stadium entrances. Wi-Fi service was enhanced with more than 1,200 access points. On the upper level concourse, new signage was installed, and improvements were made to the concession stands, which include digital menu boards and more points of sale.
The stadium and adjacent practice fields are located on 33 acres of land in uptown Charlotte, bordered by Interstate 277, Mint, Graham and Morehead streets. The stadium site has access to 30,000 parking spaces in the uptown area with easy access to restaurants and hotel rooms in the stadium's immediate vicinity. The Charlotte metro area has more than 30,000 hotel rooms. For more information about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, contact Visit Charlotte at 800-231-4636 or visit www.charlottesgotalot.com.
Immediate interstate highway access allows a parking dump time of less than one hour.
There are 75,419 seats at Bank of America Stadium and are distributed as follows:
Bank of America Stadium is in full compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and strives to further accommodate the individual needs of guests with disabilities. Seating for guests with disabilities is provided. Additionally, a parking shuttle and drop-off zone are available to fans with disabilities. Fans requiring special assistance should refer to guest services or guests with disabilities.
The stadium seat widths are 19 inches for lower and upper level seating and 21 inches for club level seating.
The first row of seating along the sidelines is located 53 feet from the sideline. The first row of seating in the end zone is 20 feet from the back of the end zone. All seats are elevated and designed for optimal viewing angles.
Club seats are located along both sidelines of the playing field, offering optimal sightlines and exclusive amenities. The 50,000-square foot enclosed club level concourse is climate controlled and provides club level patrons with access to eight distinctive and fully furnished lounge areas, full-service bars, expanded dining options and game day entertainment. Televisions are available throughout the club floor for viewing stadium games.
There are 153 luxury suites on the 300 and 400 club levels in the stadium, ranging from 12-person suites to 44-person suites. Luxury suites have three main components - three rows of viewing seats, lounge space and restroom facilities. All luxury suites are fully upfitted with high-quality finishes, carpet, wall coverings and flatscreen televisions plus individual suite sound systems.
The stadium has four suite clubs, which are shared exclusive areas for members only. The Suite 87 Club offers a full-service bar and billiards room and accommodates 132 members. The 7,860-square foot club is located in the east end zone on the 300 club level. The Gridiron Club includes terrace level seats outside for its 282 members and a climate controlled lounge inside. The 10,000-square foot club is located in the west end zone on the 400 club level. The 32 Club provides an all-inclusive game day experience for its 32 members. Located along the north sideline on the 400 club level, the club features three rows of seating behind fully retractable glass windows. The Fifty One Club is located in the southwest corner of the stadium on the 400 club level. Highlights for the club's 36 members are complimentary bar and food selections, multiple televisions and private restrooms.
The stadium's state-of-the-art playing surface is a hybrid Bermuda grass with a sophisticated drainage and irrigation system. The field drains between 10 and 12 inches of rain per hour and has a 10 inch crown. The field was designed to accommodate a regulation-size soccer field. Adjacent to the stadium are three practice fields, two with hybrid Bermuda grass and one Prestige in-fill artificial field.
Bank of America Stadium offers a generous toilet fixture ratio of one per 80 men and one per 70 women. Many restrooms feature diaper changing tables, and all are accessible to guests with disabilities. Also, unisex/family restrooms are available for parents escorting children of the opposite sex or for the disabled who need assistance by a member of the opposite sex. The total number of public restrooms throughout the stadium includes:
PantherVision controls all of the video displays, message boards and television monitors at Bank of America Stadium as well as the stadium's public address and sound system. PantherVision is a proud member of the Information Display and Entertainment Association, a national association of electronic display system professionals comprised of teams, facilities, manufacturers and suppliers. Following are the various displays and technologies utilized in the stadium's seating bowl.
The stadium's state-of-the-art video boards are located above the east and west end zones and are 55'-6" tall x 198'-4" wide. Each video screen consists of 196 display cabinet sections and measures 1,288 pixels tall x 4,620 pixels wide. These high-definition video boards show live action, replays, video features, game information, statistics, game prompts and advertising messages.
The stadium features two 360-degree ribbon boards that show game-in-progress statistics and information, NFL scores and statistics, closed captioning, game prompts, full-motion advertisements and more. Located on the stadium's upper fascia on the 500 level overhang is a 5'-1" tall x 1,900' long Daktronics LED video display that has 288 display cabinet sections. Located on the stadium's lower fascia between the 300 and 400 levels is a 5'-1" tall x 2,000' long Daktronics LED video display that is made up of 295 display cabinet sections. Both boards are comprised of red, green and blue discrete LEDs that are capable of producing 281 trillion colors.
The stadium's fully-integrated, high-efficiency and high-octave sound system controls all of the audio for the seating bowl, concourses and club levels. The state-of-the-art distributed audio system has 600 speakers throughout the stadium, including 479 speakers in the seating bowl with 30 unique speaker poles extending above the rim of the stadium. Utilizing 3/4 of a million watts of audio power, the system is close to the patron with the furthest distance between a patron and speaker being 130 feet. The digital sound system is operated by a QSC controlled network.
The press box, located on the 50-yard line of the 400 level, has a seating capacity of 200 people. Each seat in the press box has a phone/data jack, and copy and fax machines are available in a separate work room. Media can be fed buffet style in the press box, and there are additional feeding capabilities on the field level for network personnel and field photographers.
Bank of America Stadium has 11 broadcast booths with audio and video capabilities, all located in the press box. The network broadcast booth measures 17 feet wide and 17 feet deep and is located on the 50-yard line.
The network truck bay can accommodate two broadcast trucks up to 52 feet in total length. Located outside the network truck bay are six pedestals for satellite uplink trucks. Each pedestal has 12 audio connections, six video connections and one tri-ax connection. The stadium also has Time Warner fiber optics and Vivix capabilities.
There are 26 pre-wired camera locations inside the seating bowl with the capability to add more positions depending on need.