Bank of America Stadium (Carolinas Stadium)
|Country||United States of America|
|Clubs||Carolina Panthers, Charlotte FC|
|Other names||Ericsson Stadium (1994-2004)|
|Construction||22/04/1994 - 08/1996|
|Renovations||1997-1998, 2005, 2007-2008, 2014-2016|
|Cost||$ 248 million|
|Contractor||Turner Construction Co, F. N. Thompson|
|Address||800 South Mint Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202, USA|
Bank of America Stadium – stadium description
In April 1994 construction works began in Charlotte. The aim was clear: delivering a stadium worthy of hosting NFL games in the city that had no franchise before. Design was carried out by leaders in sports grounds, HOK Sport (later Populous).
As part of the financing scheme fans were able to buy individual licenses for their future seats and the huge interest in acquiring licenses became one of the factors for Carolina Panthers to be accepted as NFL franchise.
During early works the stadium was named Carolinas Stadium, a name still in use for events that require no commercial branding, like for FIFA football games. Already before opening Ericsson bought naming rights for the stadium for a decade, which was later followed by an even longer deal with Bank of America, who are to be present in the stadium’s name until 2014.
The two massive tiers and 153 skyboxes between them were initially designed to hold 72,685 people, but were later slightly rethought to fit in 75,412 seats. During 2014-2016 renovations a series of amendments were made, including installation of much greater screens on both ends, reconstruction of 6 small domes (2 on top of each main entrance gate) and erection of several statues outside the stadium.
USA: Record MLS attendance at Bank of America Stadium
74,479 spectators watched the match between Charlotte FC and Los Angeles Galaxy (0:1) from the stands of Bank of America Stadium. This is the highest attendance in Major League Soccer history.
Charlotte: Countdown starts to the first MLS match
Charlotte FC is just a few months away from its league debut. Tickets for the first game are selling like hot cakes. The North Carolina franchise will be the 28th participant of the Major League Soccer.
Charlotte: Stadium revamp in anticipation of MLS debut
In mid-March, the modernization of Bank of America Stadium will begin, adjusting the venue to MLS requirements. This is where Charlotte FC, which will join the league next year, will play their games.
NFL: Panthers and Falcons using innovative cleaning technologies
In Charlotte, two robots go from one place to another and emit strong UV light to disinfect spaces throughout Bank of America Stadium. In Atlanta, sanitising drones are being used. Both teams are preparing to welcome fans back.
COVID-19 crisis: Growing uncertainty over NFL season
With just 2 months to go, reopening of the economy is being reversed as COVID-19 infections are through the roof in some states. Instead of rumours about full stadia it again seems more likely that NFL will be played behind closed doors.
Charlotte: Panthers owner dreams of domed stadium
Billionaire David Tepper suggested, though not entirely seriously, that the idea of covering all of Carolina Panthers stadium is driving him nuts. However, more seriously, he's already working on increasing the use of Bank of America Stadium.
Charlotte: Panthers' stadium sits on first lynching site
Not exactly the desired piece of history, but one America is dealing with more seriously these days. It turns out that Charlotte Panthers' stadium is located precisely at the site of the city's first lynching, dating back to 1913.