Opened in the summer of 1996, Bank of America Stadium is located in the uptown district of Charlotte and was specifically designed for football by HOK Sports Facilities Group of Kansas City, MO. The 73,778-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 team colors of black, silver and Panthers blue. 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.
HOK Sports Facilities Group has designed sports facility complexes throughout the country.
The general contractors for Bank of America Stadium were the joint venture team of F.N. Thompson of Charlotte and Turner Construction Co. of New York.
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 existing parking spaces in the uptown area with easy access to more than 130 restaurants in the uptown area and approximately 4,100 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 73,778 seats at Bank of America Stadium and are distributed as follows:
There are 1,394 seats for guests with disabilities 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.
For club level patrons, seating is located along both sidelines of the playing field. Club level patrons have access to eight fully furnished lounges. The club floor underwent a $5.5 million renovation in 2003 in order to update the lounge areas and improve food and beverage options for club level patrons. Plasma televisions, video screens and televisions are available throughout the club floor for viewing stadium games.
There are 158 suites on two levels in the stadium. The suites range from 10-person suites (12 feet wide x 32 feet deep) to 40-person suites (40 feet wide x 32 feet deep).
Suites have three main components: viewing seats, lounge space and toilet facilities.
All suites are fully upfitted with high-quality finishes, carpet and wall coverings. Flatscreen television monitors are located in the lounge space and in front of the viewing seats. Individual suite sound systems offer suite patrons a choice of audio/video options. Separate heating and cooling systems allow for individual suite climate control. Windows open at the front of the suite to give suite patrons a true game atmosphere.
The Suite 87 Club, added to the stadium in 2001, is a private club with a full-service bar and billiards room. The 7,860-square foot Suite 87 Club accommodates 124 members and is located in the east end zone on the 300 club level. Each Suite 87 Club membership consists of one reserved seat with full amenity privileges as well as access to the Silver Club Level lounges and dining rooms during the game.
The Gridiron Club is a more than 10,000-square foot, private club located in the west end zone on the 400 club level. Featuring 282 terrace level seats outside and an exclusive climate controlled lounge inside, Gridiron Club amenities include concierge service, private restrooms, custom theatre with video wall, hot and cold market for food and beverage options, full service bar, flat screen televisions showing every NFL game, private lockers and radiant heat and ceiling fans to assist with outside elements in the seating area.
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.
Provided by Stadium Food & Beverage, Inc., Bank of America Stadium offers an abundance of food options and a generous ratio of concession points of sale, designed to increase food quality while reducing customer waiting time. Concession stands offer a variety of items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, pizza, nachos, ice cream and other stadium fare.
There are 429 fixed concession points of sale in the stadium, or more than one for every 171 persons. Stadiums normally offer one point of sale for every 300 to 350 spectators. Following is a breakdown of the number of concession points of sale:
In addition to the fixed concession points of sale, the stadium also has 104 food and beverage troughs, portables and carts. There are 52 mobile points of sale in the lower concourse and 52 in the upper concourse.
Bank of America Stadium offers a generous toilet fixture ratio of one per 80 men and one per 70 women. Most stadiums provide a toilet fixture ratio of one per 100 men and one per 90 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.
Located in each end of the stadium between the 300 and 400 levels are displays and advertising panels that include:
Located in each end of the stadium above the 500 level seating area are displays and advertising panels that include:
Located on each sideline between the 300 and 400 levels are displays and advertising panels that include:
Located in the northwest and southeast corners of the stadium between the 300 and 400 levels is a display that includes:
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. A press overflow area is located on the west end of the stadium on the 400 level and can accommodate up to 100 people. 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.