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Jon Richardson
President - Panthers Stadium, LLC

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Now in its 14th season of operation, Bank of America Stadium remains one of the top venues in the NFL as a result of the stewardship of Jon Richardson. More than 20 facilities have been built or undergone major renovations since Bank of America Stadium opened in 1996, but Richardson's leadership has enabled it to maintain the highest standard of customer service. The latest improvements unveiled last season were a new scoreboard and the Gridiron Club, a reflection of his commitment to providing a fan-friendly, state-of-art structure for Panthers fans.

As the project's first full-time employee, Richardson has been on the job since stadium construction, and his dedication to the fans has never wavered. From the detailed landscaping surrounding the building to the carefully manicured playing field consistently ranked as one of the best natural surfaces in surveys by the NFLPA, Bank of America Stadium remains among the League's finest.

The $14-million scoreboard and sound system installed last year replaced the original stadium boards with advanced Mitsubishi technology and tripled the video display size of the old board while having four times as much resolution. The other well-received addition was the innovative Gridiron Club with its high-back theatre chairs, plasma screen televisions and unique amenities on the club level.

These were the latest in a series of stadium improvements in recent years. Other projects have included a suite expansion in 1997, $5.5-million club level renovation in 2003 and renovation and replacement of the playing field in 2004. Prior to the 2007 season, Daktronics LED boards were installed from goal line to goal line in the seating bowl.

In 2003, Bank of America Stadium was one of the facilities cited when the National Building Museum named the NFL a recipient of The Honor Award in recognition of the important role that football stadiums have played in the physical revitalization of American cities, as well as their architectural and engineering excellence.

The first 13 seasons have often put Richardson and the facility to the test with 131 sellouts in the 133 NFL games played in the stadium. Under Richardson, quality has been the goal from the start and, at a cost of approximately $187 million, privately-funded Bank of America Stadium has proven to be a bargain by any assessment. With generous ratios of concession points of sale to an above-average ratio of restroom facilities, the stadium has proven to be convenient for fans since its inception. Bank of America Stadium still remains a model for stadium design and innovation.

In addition to hosting more than 130 Panthers games since 1996, the facility has accommodated a variety of events, ranging from the Rev. Billy Graham's 1996 Carolinas Crusade to the Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon tour. It also has been the site for a number of college football games as well the men's NCAA College Cup soccer game for two years and U.S. Women's World Cup soccer team exhibition matches in 1999 and 2000. The past seven years have seen the stadium host the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Most recently, the stadium was selected as the site of the 2010 and 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and is a potential site for a future World Cup match.

Richardson was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at wide receiver for the University of North Carolina, where he led the team in receptions in 1981. His success with the Tar Heels earned him a training camp tryout with the Baltimore Colts in 1982. After receiving his degree in economics in 1982, Richardson spent three years in the food industry before returning to North Carolina to earn his MBA in 1987. He then began A-OK Home Services in Chapel Hill and sold the successful enterprise after five years. In 1994, he joined the Panthers.

Richardson is a trustee at Fork Union Military Academy. He and his wife, Kathleen, have a son, Johnson, who is a senior and plays football at Wofford, and two daughters, Rose, who also attends Wofford, and Claire, and live in Charlotte.

Now in its 14th season of operation, Bank of America Stadium remains one of the top venues in the NFL as a result of the stewardship of Jon Richardson. More than 20 facilities have been built or undergone major renovations since Bank of America Stadium opened in 1996, but Richardson's leadership has enabled it to maintain the highest standard of customer service. The latest improvements unveiled last season were a new scoreboard and the Gridiron Club, a reflection of his commitment to providing a fan-friendly, state-of-art structure for Panthers fans.

As the project's first full-time employee, Richardson has been on the job since stadium construction, and his dedication to the fans has never wavered. From the detailed landscaping surrounding the building to the carefully manicured playing field consistently ranked as one of the best natural surfaces in surveys by the NFLPA, Bank of America Stadium remains among the League's finest.

The $14-million scoreboard and sound system installed last year replaced the original stadium boards with advanced Mitsubishi technology and tripled the video display size of the old board while having four times as much resolution. The other well-received addition was the innovative Gridiron Club with its high-back theatre chairs, plasma screen televisions and unique amenities on the club level.

These were the latest in a series of stadium improvements in recent years. Other projects have included a suite expansion in 1997, $5.5-million club level renovation in 2003 and renovation and replacement of the playing field in 2004. Prior to the 2007 season, Daktronics LED boards were installed from goal line to goal line in the seating bowl.

In 2003, Bank of America Stadium was one of the facilities cited when the National Building Museum named the NFL a recipient of The Honor Award in recognition of the important role that football stadiums have played in the physical revitalization of American cities, as well as their architectural and engineering excellence.

The first 13 seasons have often put Richardson and the facility to the test with 131 sellouts in the 133 NFL games played in the stadium. Under Richardson, quality has been the goal from the start and, at a cost of approximately $187 million, privately-funded Bank of America Stadium has proven to be a bargain by any assessment. With generous ratios of concession points of sale to an above-average ratio of restroom facilities, the stadium has proven to be convenient for fans since its inception. Bank of America Stadium still remains a model for stadium design and innovation.

In addition to hosting more than 130 Panthers games since 1996, the facility has accommodated a variety of events, ranging from the Rev. Billy Graham's 1996 Carolinas Crusade to the Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon tour. It also has been the site for a number of college football games as well the men's NCAA College Cup soccer game for two years and U.S. Women's World Cup soccer team exhibition matches in 1999 and 2000. The past seven years have seen the stadium host the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Most recently, the stadium was selected as the site of the 2010 and 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and is a potential site for a future World Cup match.

Richardson was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at wide receiver for the University of North Carolina, where he led the team in receptions in 1981. His success with the Tar Heels earned him a training camp tryout with the Baltimore Colts in 1982. After receiving his degree in economics in 1982, Richardson spent three years in the food industry before returning to North Carolina to earn his MBA in 1987. He then began A-OK Home Services in Chapel Hill and sold the successful enterprise after five years. In 1994, he joined the Panthers.

Richardson is a trustee at Fork Union Military Academy. He and his wife, Kathleen, have a son, Johnson, who is a senior and plays football at Wofford, and two daughters, Rose, who also attends Wofford, and Claire, and live in Charlotte.

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