Whether you’re visiting Charlotte for a week and feel like catching an NFL game, or you’re a lifelong native and Panthers fan, you’re sure to fall in love with Bank of America Stadium. From the towering black arches and bright blue lights at the entrance to the smell of Carolina BBQ wafting in the air and the enormous panther statues that greet you upon arrival, there is nothing ordinary about the home of the Carolina Panthers.
At A Glance:
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Who: Bank of America Stadium is home to the Carolina Panthers.
Where: Bank of America Stadium is located in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bank of America Stadium is a completely open-air stadium featuring natural grass. Unlike many NFL stadiums that serve only as the home team’s playing field, Bank of America Stadium also houses the team’s training facilities, practice fields, and administrative offices.
One of the most impressive stadiums in the league, Bank of America Stadium is decked out with state-of-the-art video equipment, extra wide seats, advanced video and scoreboard systems, and a high-octave sound system that distributes sound throughout the bowl. All of this advanced technology is thanks to a five-year renovation plan that will end in 2017. The stadium holds seating for 75,419 throughout the main concourse, club seats, and suites.
- Bank of America Stadium was originally named Carolina Stadium.
- Each main entrance in the stadium is flanked by two large bronze statues of panthers. It’s the only stadium in the NFL with anything like this.
- Since Bank of America acquired naming rights to the stadium, it is sometimes nicknamed “The Vault.”
- Bank of America Stadium is an open air stadium, which means it is sometimes subject to weather concerns. On July 11, 2016, the field was struck by several lightning bolts during a severe storm. Nobody was injured.
- Upcoming renovations include a new drainage system on the field and a newly renovated lower concourse.
- On October 10, 1997, the Rolling Stones performed at Bank of America Stadium as part of their Bridges to Babylon Tour.
Bank of America Stadium contains 153 suites, all of which were fully remodeled in 2015 as part of the five-year renovation plan. The new suites feature three rows of seating and fully retractable windows for the absolute best views of the field. The suites are located in the 300 and 400 levels of the stadium and hold anywhere from 12-44 people. The stadium also features four suite clubs for members only: The Suite 87 Club, Gridiron Club, 32 Club, and The Fifty One.
Food & Drinks:
Bank of America Stadium offers over 600 different points of sale for their concessions, making it easy for everyone in your party to get what they want without having to wait in line for too long. All of the usual suspects are present (nachos, pizza, ice cream, hot dogs, popcorn, etc.), but the stadium also offers gluten free choices, vegetarian choices, and even vegan fare (you just have to dig for it among all the Carolina BBQ).
Some Bank of America specialties that you won’t find in many other stadiums include pulled pork sandwiches and brisket sandwiches.
What To Do When You Visit:
Take a Tour: Public tours of Bank of America Stadium are available on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. during the normal season. A typical tour will take guests through the luxury suite, media spaces, press box, visiting team locker room and field tunnel. Unfortunately, the Panthers’ locker room and playing field are not part of the tour schedule.
Have a Party: Bank of America Stadium hosts children’s birthday parties with a special visit from the Panthers’ mascot, Sir Purr. Kids will get to enjoy a tour of the stadium as well as an hour and 15 minutes of play time in Sir Purr’s Play Den (a miniature field where children can play like the Panthers).
Become a Designated Driver: As part of the Good Sport designated driver program, designated drivers can enter to win Panthers merchandise. Winners are announced at every game.
- Bank of America Stadium frequently partners with Uber to give fans discounts off their rides to and from the stadium. Check the stadium home page for current discounts and specials.
- There is no parking available at the stadium, but there are more than 30,000 parking spaces within walking distance (up to 15-minutes away).
- The best way to get to Bank of America Stadium is via public transportation.
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