Tag: Bank of America Stadium

The NFL Experience, 2020 Style

In the new world of NFL stadium operations during the pandemic, disposable masks and hand sanitizer serve as gate giveaways, cashless is king and concourses are separated into one-way traffic zones.

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A New Arena Filler: Representative Democracy

HAWKS VOTE YES: State Farm Arena showed off its voting setup at a media preview July 17. (Courtesy Fulton County) NBA venues and teams stepping up to take on Election Day responsibilities While arenas and, in some cities, polling stations are shut down as the 2020 primary and general elections ramp up, several venues and local governments have worked together to open up voting centers in at least five cities. State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Detroit and Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, plus Charlotte’s Spectrum Center, Bank of America Stadium and Bojangles’ Coliseum, have confirmed they will open facilities for voting assistance while Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee is working out a plan with the help of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and his More Than a Vote advocacy group. In Atlanta, where would-be voters were reported to have stood in lines for […]

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Gridiron Stadium Network Dates Take a Hit

TWO DOWN: Two concerts planned for Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., have come off the calendar for this year. (Getty Images) With NFL season dominating fall, some concerts must push to 2021 NFL officials said this week that they expect the 2020 season to start on time despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to multiple reports. For a large group of NFL venues, though, the coronavirus has put a huge dent in the stadium concert business as events have been pushed to 2021. The Gridiron Stadium Network, founded in 2005 to help NFL teams book more concerts in their buildings, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. But the milestone has been marked by promoters Live Nation and AEG Presents postponing national tours because of the new coronavirus.  Stadium concerts are important to teams because they don’t have to share that income from concessions and parking, among other revenue streams, […]

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Levy takes over Carolina Panthers’ food service

Levy replaces Delaware North Sportservice as the food provider at 24-year-old Bank of America Stadium. (Don Muret/Staff) Levy adds fourth Charlotte sports venue to its portfolio Bank of America Stadium is going through major upgrades to accommodate the Carolina Panthers and an MLS expansion team. The teams’ newest move has Levy taking over the venue’s food service. Chicago-based Levy replaces Delaware North Sportservice, which ran the NFL team’s food and retail for the past 10 seasons. Legends and Fanatics are competing for the stadium’s merchandise operation, sources said, but at this point, it’s unclear which company will manage that piece of the business. Rick Abramson, Delaware North’s chief customer officer, confirmed the switch in food vendors. Abramson was principally involved in Sportservice signing its agreement in early 2010 with the Panthers under their old owner, Jerry Richardson. David Tepper acquired the Panthers in July 2018.  Panthers President Tom Glick did not return […]

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Populous Gets Soccer Work in Charlotte

Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., will be home to an MLS team in 2021. (Getty Images) Team president Tom Glick describes event-level club, supporters bar planned for stadium Populous is designing the retrofit of Bank of America Stadium for MLS Charlotte, a project to include a new event-level premium club and a large bar for supporters groups just inside the gate on the facility’s east side. Tom Glick, president of the yet-to-be-named soccer team as well as the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, confirmed the architect and provided greater details on upgrades to the 23-year-old venue. The stadium is home to the Panthers, and Panthers owner David Tepper owns the MLS expansion team, which will start play in the 2021 season. Tepper Sports and Entertainment is the holding company formed for business tied to both teams. “The first thing to understand about Bank of America Stadium is it’s already an […]

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MLS Returns to Venue Roots in Charlotte

Team owner David Tepper, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles at the announcement Tuesday. (Don Muret / Staff) Expansion team will play in NFL stadium rather than build new CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Major League Soccer on Tuesday officially announced that its 30th franchise will start play in North Carolina’s biggest market in 2021. A raucous crowd, energized by supporters groups chanting and beating drums, cheered MLS Commissioner Don Garber, team owner David Tepper and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles as they made the announcement at the Mint Museum Uptown. Tepper, owner of the Carolina Panthers, has reportedly committed to paying a league-record $325 million expansion fee after a fast-track process for a club to play in Bank of America Stadium, which will undergo a retrofit to accommodate the sport. For MLS, it’s a departure from a league going through rapid expansion and facility development. Over the next five […]

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Carolina Panthers Plan Bunker Suites

The Panthers have their eyes on an end zone at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., for bunker suites. (Getty Images) RFP seeks designer for end zone units with no views to field The NFL’s Carolina Panthers plan to build bunker suites at Bank of America Stadium that are scheduled to open for the 2020 season, according to a request for proposal issued to sports architects. VenuesNow obtained the RFP and reached out to the Panthers. Tom Glick, the team’s president of business operations, and Scott Paul, vice president of stadium operations, did not return emails for comment. Paul did not respond to a voice message left on his office phone.   The Panthers are moving ahead with the project after surveying a select group of season-ticket holders about developing a variety of new premium seat products, including loge boxes and a new club restaurant, as reported by the Charlotte Agenda, a local […]

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