Located in uptown Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium (formerly Ericsson Stadium) has been specifically designed for football by HOK Sports Facilities Group of Kansas City, MO. This 73,367 seat, privately financed, open-air, natural-grass stadium includes training facilities, practice fields and administrative offices and serves as the headquarters for the Carolina Panthers.
The stadium facade contains many unique elements such as massive archways and domed towers at the entries, clad in building materials that accent the Panthers black, blue and silver team colors. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the stadium is that it doesn't look like one. With its three entrances guarded by six monumental bronze panthers, the stadium appears to be a fortress instead of a sports venue.
Bank of America Stadium features a striking black obsidian granite fašade and a silver and blue seating bowl. Sculpted by Todd Andrews, a pair of black panthers, each measuring eight-feet tall, weighing more than 2,000 pounds, perched on ten-foot pedestals and named Indomitable Spirit, guard both sides of each of the three 80-foot arched entrances. The 48-foot diameter light domes atop the entry towers are lit every night and are visible for miles around.
The interior has been designed with a generous ratio of concession and restroom facilities within wide and tall concourses, in addition to individual cup and program holders, wide seats and state of the art sound, video and scoreboard systems. The stadium playing field is a natural grass surface. Adjacent to the stadium are three practice fields, two natural grass and one artificial turf.
Panthers and football motifs are included in the details throughout the stadium. The Panthers logo is etched in glass and cut in carpet in the North and South Lounges on the Bank of America Club, and the seating bowl features the logo on each of the end-row seats in every fifth row. The arch connecting each column support on the upper concourse is designed to look like the silhouette of half of a football.
Bank of America Stadium raises the bar for football stadium design and marks
a return to the grand architecture of early collegiate and Olympic stadiums. The ornate, imposing exterior is reminiscent of such notable landmarks as Chicago's Soldier Field, the Los Angeles Coliseum and Ohio State Stadium.
HOK Sports Facilities Group has designed numerous sports facility complexes throughout the country. In addition to Bank of America Stadium, some of their most recent projects include Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Jacksonville's ALLTEL Stadium, Miami's Pro Player Stadium, Nashville's Adelphia Coliseum and Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. Wagner-Murray Architects of Charlotte did the upfit of the 300 and 400 suite levels.
The general contractor for Bank of America Stadium was a joint venture team
of Turner Construction Co. of New York and F.N. Thompson of Charlotte.
The two companies also worked together to build the 23,600 seat Charlotte
The stadium and adjacent practice fields sit on 33 acres of land in
uptown Charlotte, bordered by Interstate 277, Mint, Graham and Morehead
streets. Bank of America Stadium utilizes 30,000 existing parking spaces
in the uptown area, and there are 22,651 hotel rooms in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. More than 50 restaurants are within walking distance of the stadium. For more information about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area,
contact the Charlotte Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-722-1994
or visit www.charlottecvb.org.
* Stadium Footprint (900' L x 800' W): 15 acres
* Adjacent Landscaping (includes the Cat Walk, South Lawn Village,
walkways, etc.): 11 acres
* Practice Fields (two natural grass, one artificial turf): 7
* TOTAL (Stadium, Adjacent Landscaping and Practice Fields): 33 acres
* Height (from field level to top of scoreboard): 13 stories (180')
* Internal Space (covered space): 1,600,000 square feet
* Concourse Length (outermost circumference): Approximately 1/2 mile
Ericsson Stadium's state-of-the-art playing field is 398 feet long and 280
feet wide and features sophisticated drainage and irrigation systems.
The playing surface is a hybrid Bermuda grass. The sand-based field
is designed to drain between 10 and 12 inches of rain per hour and
has a 10" crown.
There are 73,367 seats at Bank of America Stadium and are distributed as follows:
* Lower Bowl: 22,501
* Upper Bowl: 37,114
* Club Level: 11,356
* Suites: 2,396
* TOTAL: 73,367
The blue seats in the upper and lower seating areas are 19" wide while
the silver seats in the club area are 21" wide.
The first row of seating in the stadium is located 50 feet from the
sideline. The back line of the end zone is 20 feet from the field
wall. All seats are designed for optimal viewing angles.
Provisions for Guests with Disabilities
Bank of America Stadium has been designed to provide easy access for guests
with disabilities. Our stadium recognizes the needs of persons with
disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
of 1990 and continues to make every effort to comply with both ADA
and state accessibility mandates. In addition, Bank of America Stadium strives
to further accommodate the individual needs of guests with disabilities.
Seating for guests with disabilities is provided in Bank of America Stadium. 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.
For Bank of America Club patrons, silver-colored seats are located
in the lower bowl along both sidelines of the playing field. Fans
sitting in the club seats have access to two heated and air conditioned
lounges on the fifty-yard line and four buffet areas, one in each
corner of the stadium. Each lounge offers an upscale food and beverage
selection and features closed-circuit television and sound systems.
Custom-designed furnishings, carpets and finishes enhance the lounges.
The team colors are used throughout and the panther is exquisitely
incorporated into the club level's motif.
There are 159 suites with room for additional expansion on two levels
in Bank of America Stadium. The suites range from 10-person suites to 75-person
suites. Suites have three main components: viewing area, lounge area
and restroom facilities.
Two rows of luxurious upholstered chairs are positioned behind sliding
glass windows along the front of the suite. A food and beverage counter
is located in front of the seats. A lounge area, upfitted with luxurious
furniture and buffet tables, is located behind the seats. The suite
also includes a service counter with a built-in sink, refrigerator
and icemaker. Each suite has a private restroom and coat closet.
In addition, suites are completely furnished with customized carpeting
and artwork. Two closed circuit TV monitors are located above the
service counter and in front of the viewing seats, and individual
sound systems offer suite patrons a choice of audio options. Also,
separate heating and cooling systems allow for individual suite climate
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 stadium fare such
as chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, nachos,
pizza, barbecue and ice cream.
There are 412 fixed concession points of sale in Bank of America Stadium,
or more than one per every 178 persons. Stadiums normally offer one
point of sale per every 300 to 350 spectators.
PantherVision controls all of the video boards, message boards and
the sound system in Bank of America Stadium. PantherVision is also a member
of the Information Display and Entertainment Association, an international
association of electronic display system and scoreboard operators
which represents teams, public facilities, manufacturers and suppliers
Both end zones in Bank of America Stadium are equipped with a scoreboard
that is 40 feet high and 210 feet long. The scoreboards at Ericsson
Stadium are designed to be visible from any seat in the seating bowl
and to expand the fans' game-viewing experience through on-scoreboard
animations and replays. Each scoreboard contains several components:
* One 24' x 32' TV quality Mitsubishi DiamondVision color video
* One 24' x 32' Daktronics black-and-white matrix board displaying
animation and game-in-progress information
* Three 24' x 32' color advertising panels
* One 24' x 32' color Tri-Vision advertising display
* One 3' x 12' time-of-day clock with 36" high digits
* One 12' x 76' color advertising display
* One 18' x 12' advertising display
Located on each sideline between the 300 and 400 levels are matrix
boards and advertising panels which include the following:
* One 5' x 18' game clock
* One 5' x 18' internally illuminated logo panel
* One 5' x 58' color matrix board displaying game-in-progress
statistics and out-of-town scores
* One 5' x 58' black-and-white matrix board displaying game-in-progress information
* Eight 5' x 15' internally illuminated advertising panels
In the center of each end zone between the 300 and 400 levels are
a delay-of-game clock and advertising panels which include the following:
* One 5' x 15' delay-of-game clock
* Two 5' x 15' internally illuminated advertising panels
* Two 5' x 6' internally illuminated logo panels
The stadium point-source sound system consists of speakers and compression
drivers located on the top end of the west end zone scoreboard. Any
areas of the seating bowl that do not receive sound directly from
this source receive sound from an additional shadow speaker system
with computer timed output to reduce the impression of delay. All
internal spaces, concourses, club lounges and suites have a separate
speaker system with options for program selection.
Bank of America Stadium offers a generous toilet fixture ratio of one per
80 men and one per 70 women. Stadiums normally offer a toilet fixture
ratio of one per 100 men and one per 90 women. Many restrooms in Ericsson
Stadium 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. The total number of
public restrooms throughout the stadium includes:
* Lower Concourse: 31 (10 men's, 10 women's, 11 unisex/family)
* Club/Suite Levels: 20 (8 men's, 8 women's, 4 unisex/family)
* Upper Concourse: 44 (18 men's, 18 women's, 8 unisex/family)
* TOTAL: 95 (36 men's, 36 women's, 23 unisex/family)
Inside the Numbers
Bank of America Stadium contains:
* 100,000 cubic yards of concrete, enough to fill a city block
with seven stories of concrete
* 5,000 tons of reinforcing steel
* Enough glass to build four, ten-story office buildings
* 750,000 concrete blocks
* 44,700 square yards of carpet
* 160,868 square feet of floor and wall tile, enough for approximately
* 117 miles of television cabling
* 36,000 amps of power, enough for approximately 1,500 homes
* 13,000 light fixtures and 27,000 lamps
* 852 miles of electrical wire
Source: Carolina Panthers
"Bold, colorful, unique. That's the kind of stadium that owner Jerry Richardson had in mind when Charlotte was awarded an NFL expansion franchise.
Built on 31 parcels of land in a barren end of downtown Charlotte, the Panthers' NFL stadium features three 75-foot-tall, black granite looking entry portals, each flanked by two 18 foot statues of fierce looking panthers. The stadium colors - royal blue and silver inside, black outside - reflects the team colors. Instead of the usual parking lots, the Stadium will be surrounded by a nature lover's promenade. The parklike setting includes spacious grass lawns, as well as 150 oak trees and other regional plants sure to delight picnickers. In keeping with an old Southern college tradition, hedges are planted around the walls to give the stadium a personality like that of the Unversity of Georgia Stadium in Athens.
Inside, the huge scoreboard displays tower above each end zone. The showtime electronics include a 24 by 32 foot color replay video board, a 17 by 32 foot animation board, and a 10 by 50 foot scoreboard and game-in-progress statistics board.
The man who put it all together is Richardson, who used to catch passes from Baltimore Colts legend Johnny Unitas. Richardson follows George (Papa Bear) Halas as only the second NFL player to become a majority owner. Richardson hopes the "powerful look" of the stadium will be memorable and intimidating to rival teams. The proximity of the seats to the field - 60 feet to the first sideline row and just 20 feet to the end zone - means favorable noise factor and is sure to make a game in Charlotte an exciting experience.
The Panthers' home in 1995 was Clemson Stadium (81,473 seats), about 100 miles southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina."
As written by The Sports Staff of USA TODAY in "The Complete Four Sport Stadium Guide" for Fodor's Sports
THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ROAD TRIP
By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell
September 30, 2001 - Ericsson Stadium opened in 1996 as the permanent home of the Carolina Panthers, who began their first season of existence in temporary quarters at Clemson University before moving here. The venue sits at the edge of downtown, and is a prominent part of Charlotte's architecture and skyline, as the stadium can be seen at a distance from the interstate.
|Bank of America Stadium Ranking by USRT|
|Fan Support|| 7|
|Concourses/Fan Comfort|| 6|
|Bonus: Tailgate Scene|| 1.5|
|Bonus: Panthers Statues|| 1|
|Total Score|| 57|
Getting to the Stadium
Tucked in between expressway ramps and office buildings, Ericsson Stadium is situated in a dense area, but can hardly be considered a "neighborhood ballpark", since the buildings in proximity are mostly office buildings and parking ramps. While only a small number of parking spaces, mostly in ramps, can be found directly adjacent to the stadium, most fans take advantage of the many private lots scattered in a 10 block radius. $20 seemed to be the norm for parking here. With no one way in or out, the streets, of course, were congested, but traffic seems to move well and we had no problem finding parking.
Even in a downtown setting, the tailgating scene was in full swing here, and we saw folks enjoying their picnics in the lots all over the place. Several radio stations and other entertainment ventures had stages and booths set up along our walk to the venue, along with vendors selling souvenirs. These folks pretty much grab whatever vacant spot they can find to do their thing, and it all seems like organized chaos.
Outside the Venue
The Panthers' stadium features three tall, black granite looking arched entry portals, each flanked by two 18 foot statues of fierce looking panthers. These statues rest on large pedestals engraved with the names of charter personal seat license holders. The stadium colors - royal blue and silver inside, black outside - reflects the team colors. The Stadium is surrounded by a natural landscape promenade to give it a parklike setting - including spacious grass lawns, oak trees, colorful flower beds and shrubs which were quite pleasing to the eye. The most interesting feature of Ericsson Stadium is that it looks like more of a fortress, and captures some of the imposing feel of such notable venues as Chicago's Soldier Field and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
As we walked into the stadium through heightened security checks, we got a gander at the impressive montage of murals above the turnstiles, heralding great moments in the Panthers short but already significant history. Once inside, we were somewhat disappointed at the ambience of the concourses, while plenty wide, seemed to be very dark and colorless. Access to the upper concourses, including the club level concourse, is via ramp only, and this makes for a very long walk to get to the top. There is a main team store on the 100 level. The upper concourse is open air, and on one side you can catch a breathtaking view of the terrific Charlotte skyline.
The stadium has a sideline club level and is also encircled by two levels of enclosed suites, each with its own climate controlled concourse. For "Bank of America Club" patrons, silver-colored seats are located in the lower bowl along both sidelines of the playing field. Fans sitting in the club seats have access to lounges on the fifty-yard line and four buffet areas, one in each corner of the stadium. Each lounge offers an upscale food and beverage selection and features closed-circuit television and sound systems. Custom-designed furnishings, carpets and finishes accent the lounges. The team colors are used throughout and the panther is exquisitely incorporated into the club level's motif.
The Seating Bowl
With just over 73,000 seats, the seating bowl is done in team colors - blue and silver. At each end is a long rectangular scoreboard and video replay board. Along the sideline upper level balconies are scrolling out of town scoreboards and statistic boards. The slanting design lines of the upper deck and the cantilevered light standards are somewhat reminiscent of the look of Arrowhead Stadium, although the look here falls a bit short. The turf is natural grass.
Nothing notable here - the usual fare, along with some fast food chains from the area like Popeye's, Dominos Pizza and Mr. Bojangles selling their stuff. One item of note was the "Carolina Ale" stand in the upper level, selling various versions of their local brew. Smaller souvenir kiosks are scattered throughout the concourses.
The Panthers honor their icons with life sized statues outside the stadium - their first two inductees are former team president Mike McCormack, and linebacker great #51 Sam Mills. Their 1996 amazing run to their only NFC West division championship was not commemorated anywhere from what we could see.
Touchdowns, Extra Points, Fumbles
Touchdown - those terrific panther statues at each entrance. Called "indomitable spirit" they are the signature piece of this venue, no doubt about it.
Fumble - the condition of the turf. This is North Carolina, and the grass does grow here, yet for a season opener the grass was in atrocious shape, with huge chunks of grass dislodging, and a "turf crew" running out during each TV time out to repair the field. This really slowed down the game, and quite frankly, was a real disgrace to the Panthers organization.
Extra Point - The out of town scoreboard not only scrolled NFL scores, but also NASCAR Winston Cup updates from that day (Jeff Gordon was the eventual winner). Hey, this is North Carolina, the heart of auto racing country!
Extra Point - we've seen youth hockey games during the intermission at NHL venues - so how about a youth FOOTBALL game at halftime! One kid returned an interception 80 yards to the delight of the crowd.
Touchdown - the pregame ceremony. Being the season opener, tribute was paid to the heroes of the terrorist attack, and was highlighted by a rendition of a stirring patriotic speech and a call to arms, capped with the playing of "America the Beautiful". Well done!
THANK YOU!!! Special thanks to Barb at US Airways in Tampa. She is the check in agent who bent the rules to allow us to get off the plane in Charlotte and attend the game.
We did a quick drive by this place in January, and when we saw the panther statues our expectations were heightened. Therefore we were quite disappointed when we explored this place and discovered how ordinary a stadium it really is, featuring just the basics in terms of fan amenities. On the field, the Panthers took an early lead, and then fell apart in the third quarter enroute to a loss, and that deflated the fans here. Given what we have seen in some of the other newer NFL venues, Ericsson Stadium really doesn't make the cut versus its peer facilities. But we will stretch this and wring out 3 stars....
PANTHERS' WIN COULD HELP PSL SALES
January 15, 2009
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Charlotte, N.C. - The logic is simple: More wins by the Carolina Panthers equals more people
wanting to buy seats for next season's games, and perhaps willing to pay more money.
That's why some fans who own permanent seat licenses (PSLs) at Bank of America Stadium are
willing to sell them, despite the Panthers winning 12 games and hosting a playoff contest.
After two years of mediocrity, the Panthers' recent success has some PSL owners asking
premium prices and hoping to score a tidy profit even in the sour economy. That's a contrast from
when the Panthers weren't as good and PSL owners couldn't get back what they paid for seats.
"People tend to buy - and at a higher price - when the team is doing well," said Steven
Youngblood of Cornelius, who paid $6,000 for two lower-level PSLs several years ago and is now
"I don't need to sell them and don't really want to sell them," said Youngblood, 35, a support
technician at a public utility. "I just wanted to test the market, and if I can get a couple thousand less than what the Panthers would sell them for, I would probably do it."
A PSL gives a fan the right to a certain seat forever, so long as he or she keeps buying season
tickets. About 63,000 of Bank of America Stadium's 73,504 seats are committed to PSLs, with
today's prices ranging from $3,000 each on the upper level to $20,000 for lower-level seats at
More than 90 percent of PSL owners have had their seats since the Panthers' first game in
Charlotte in 1996, said Phil Youtsey, the team's director of ticket sales and operations. The other seats have changed hands over the years, with owners usually selling their PSLs to someone else.
A very small number have forfeited their seats to the Panthers after declining to buy season tickets.
Unlike previous winning seasons, PSL sellers face a troubled economy in which many
consumers have clamped down on optional spending, including sporting events.
Getting a good price for some seats isn't easy even in good times.
Mike Griffith of Charlotte said he's keeping two lower-level PSLs but selling four upper-level
seats because his children have moved away. With the Panthers success this season, he said, "now
might be an opportune time to sell and maximize my sales price."
Yet when he has sold PSLs for upper-level seats in the past, Griffith - a 54-year-old distribution company executive - said he has always gotten less money than he paid for the seats.
With the winning season, ticket broker PanthersPSLs.com has seen more traffic from both
sellers and buyers, said Greg Carl, one of the owners.
The Charlotte company is selling more than it's buying, he said. The number of people trying to
sell PSLs to the firm is at least double that of last season, when the Panthers didn't have a winning record.
"And they want to sell at a premium," Carl said.
Despite increased demand from buyers in recent weeks, the company hasn't marked up PSL
prices, he said, but that could change - with prices rising as much as 20 percent - if the Panthers make a deep playoff run.
Yet a winning season also presents hazards for people hoping to make money selling PSLs.
After the Panthers' last playoff run during the 2005 season, Carl said, PanthersPSLs.com paid
more than usual for some seats, hoping to get the money back by reselling them at higher prices to fans eager to buy season tickets.
Some did, he said, but others didn't - the average time to sell a PSL is about six months - and
the excitement ebbed more as the Panthers limped to an 8-8 finish in 2006 and didn't make the
"We've definitely taken a loss on some seats," he said. "It kind of goes with the territory."
The pursuit of profit isn't the only reason Panthers fans are selling PSLs.
Ken Holder of Mooresville said he is selling his upper-level seats so he can buy ones on the
lower level. (Charlotte Observer)
January 28, 2010
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Sportservice will take over concession operations at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte,
N.C. The work had been done by the NFL Panthers. The company will take over in February. Terms of the deal were not released.
PANTHERS BEGIN CONSIDERING STADIUM NEEDS
August 26, 2010
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Charlotte, N.C. - Bank of America Stadium is 14 years old and the Carolina Panthers are
beginning to consider the stadium's future both in terms of renovations and in replacement, according to the Charlotte Observer.
"You would have to think we're in the middle of a normal NFL stadium cycle," team President Danny Morrison, who was hired last September, told the Observer. "The two options you would have somewhere down the line, in 10 or 15 years, would be a major renovation or something new."
Morrison said he began thinking about the stadium's future when the Panthers played last season in the final home game at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, which opened in 1976 and was demolished this spring after a new stadium was built.
Morrison said that the team hasn't done any planning for an overhaul or new building and that the team is committed to keeping Bank of America Stadium "first-class."
But Morrison has had two meetings with Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton. In at least one, they discussed the stadium's future, the newspaper reported.
Of potential interest to the team: a tract of vacant land near the stadium, almost 20 acres that is one of the last undeveloped pieces of land inside Interstate 277.
Of the 32 stadiums in the NFL, only 13 are older than Bank of America Stadium. Two of those 13 stadiums - Chicago's Soldier Field and Green Bay's Lambeau Field - were recently rebuilt and could be considered newer than the Panthers' home.
And of those 13 older stadiums, several have recently undergone major renovations that cost upward of $100 million each. The NFL stadium in Miami recently underwent a $250 million upgrade, and the stadium in Kansas City has been spruced up, costing $300 million. The Superdome in New Orleans was also renovated after Hurricane Katrina.
The San Francisco 49ers are close to building a new stadium in Santa Clara, to replace Candlestick Park, built in 1967. The Minnesota Vikings are also lobbying intensely to replace their domed stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
According to the Observer, the team hasn't indicated it wants more seats. Bank of America Stadium seats just under 74,000, and is already one of the league's largest stadiums.
In an interview with the Observer three years ago, then-team president Mark Richardson said the team might have built the stadium slightly too large because having a few thousand extra seats can depress ticket prices.
Richardson did have one lament: the team's lack of parking. At Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, the team charges as much as $75 per car to park.
The other possible shortfall with Bank of America Stadium, from a revenue standpoint, is that it isn't a year-round destination, the newspaper reported.
The Panthers have already made some improvements to the stadium over the past decade.
The team spent more than $5 million renovating the club level in 2003. Three years ago, the Panthers added 206 lower-level seats, which generated new seat license income. And the team spent $14million installing new, larger video screens in 2008, the newspaper said.
When Panthers owner Richardson was awarded an NFL franchise in 1993, the city and Mecklenburg County bought the land where the stadium was built. But Richardson built the $250 million stadium himself, primarily from the sale of personal seat licenses.
November 3, 2011
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The Carolina Panthers have hired Populous architects to explore improvements to Bank of America Stadium, the Charlotte Observer reported. Team officials are not interested in increasing the capacity of the stadium, but provided few details of what the might renovation might entail.