Bank of America Stadium http://wfae.org en English Premier League's Manchester City, Liverpool May Play In Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/english-premier-leagues-manchester-city-liverpool-may-play-charlotte <p></p><p>Charlotte already hosts a number of major sporting events each year.&nbsp; There are the NASCAR races – of course, and Panthers and Bobcat games.&nbsp; But later this summer the city may briefly be home to two of the best professional soccer teams in the world.&nbsp;</p><div> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:10:36 +0000 Tom Bullock 44298 at http://wfae.org English Premier League's Manchester City, Liverpool May Play In Charlotte Carolina Panthers Unveil Stadium Improvement Plan http://wfae.org/post/carolina-panthers-unveil-stadium-improvement-plan <p>The Carolina Panthers unveiled Tuesday their first phase of renovations for Bank of America Stadium, which will include four new escalator bays and video boards that are more than twice as large as the current screens.</p><p>The team said it will start the $65 million renovations in two weeks. The Panthers play their first playoff game in five years Sunday, and could host the NFC Championship a week later if the team wins and Seattle Seahawks lose this weekend.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:46:04 +0000 Steve Harrison 42510 at http://wfae.org Carolina Panthers Unveil Stadium Improvement Plan Freezing Rain In Hickory Sunday http://wfae.org/post/freezing-rain-hickory-sunday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Freezing rain is expected in much of western North Carolina Sunday.&nbsp; &nbsp;Ice storm warnings and winter storm warnings have been issued for much of the state north of I-40 and west of I-85. The warning includes Winston-Salem, and Greensboro. Temperatures were expected to drop to freezing Sunday morning as the rain starts, and up to a quarter-inch of ice could collect on trees and power lines.&nbsp; There is a freezing rain advisory south of that area for places like Asheville, Hickory and Durham. Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:47:34 +0000 David Boraks 40685 at http://wfae.org Ethics Complaint, Lawsuit Continue Over Panthers Stadium Deal http://wfae.org/post/ethics-complaint-lawsuit-continue-over-panthers-stadium-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charlotte City Council heard – but did not respond to – pointed accusations Monday night that they violated their own ethics policy in negotiating behind closed doors with the Carolina Panthers to spend tax dollars on Bank of America Stadium renovations.</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:18:49 +0000 Julie Rose 35943 at http://wfae.org Ethics Complaint, Lawsuit Continue Over Panthers Stadium Deal Panthers Get $87.5M Public Money For Stadium http://wfae.org/post/panthers-get-875m-public-money-stadium <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Charlotte taxpayers will pick up nearly two-thirds of the $147 million tab to renovate and maintain Bank of America Stadium.</p><p>The Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday night to give the Panthers $87.5 million it will collect through a tax on prepared food over the next 10 years.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:28:07 +0000 Julie Rose 25796 at http://wfae.org Panthers Get $87.5M Public Money For Stadium Veteran Journalists Challenge City's Secret Meetings With Panthers http://wfae.org/post/veteran-journalists-challenge-citys-secret-meetings-panthers <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A group of former Charlotte reporters from the 1970s are taking the city to court over its decision to negotiate behind closed doors for tax money to renovate Panthers' stadium.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These same journalists </span>and <span style="line-height: 1.5;">their lawyer sued the city for violating the state open meetings law in the early 19</span>70's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – and won. As a result, Superior Court Judge Frank </span>Snepp<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> placed the city under a permanent injunction against breaking the law.</span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:34:46 +0000 Julie Rose 24497 at http://wfae.org Veteran Journalists Challenge City's Secret Meetings With Panthers Charlotte 'Regrouping' On Panthers Funding Plan http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-regrouping-panthers-funding-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charlotte City Council has given up the fight for permission to raise the local restaurant tax as a way to raise money for Panthers' Stadium upgrades.</span></p><p>Councilman James Mitchell says <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&amp;BillID=H193" target="_blank">the measure passed by the state house Wednesday</a> is "the best the city will get." It only gives the city flexibility to use existing restaurant tax revenues for the football stadium.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:36:41 +0000 Julie Rose 24121 at http://wfae.org Charlotte 'Regrouping' On Panthers Funding Plan Panthers Stadium Funding Measure Clears State House http://wfae.org/post/panthers-stadium-funding-measure-clears-state-house <p>A funding plan for Bank of America Stadium renovations has cleared the state House. On Wednesday afternoon, <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&amp;BillID=hb193&amp;submitButton=Go" target="_blank">Representative Ruth Samuelson's measure passed with little debate</a>.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:00:49 +0000 Julie Rose 24110 at http://wfae.org Panthers Stadium Bill Moves Forward In N.C. House http://wfae.org/post/panthers-stadium-bill-moves-forward-nc-house <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>RALEIGH A day after speaking to a top Carolina Panthers official, the main sponsor of a bill to help finance improvements to the team’s stadium said Thursday there’s “a natural sense of urgency” to the effort.</p><p>Republican Rep. Ruth Samuelson said Panthers President Danny Morrison, just back from NFL meetings in Arizona, told her about public financing plans for stadiums in Atlanta, Buffalo and Minnesota.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:21:46 +0000 Jim Morrill/Charlotte Observer 23720 at http://wfae.org Panthers Stadium Bill Moves Forward In N.C. House Charlotte Offers Compromise Tax For Panthers, Amateur Sports http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-offers-compromise-tax-panthers-amateur-sports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte is up to bat again in Raleigh tomorrow on its other big legislative battle – this one to get approval for a tax hike that would help renovate Bank of America Stadium. Lawmakers balked at the city's initial request to double the local restaurant tax for a period of 30 years.&nbsp; Now the city is offering a compromise.</span></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:00:05 +0000 Julie Rose 23169 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Offers Compromise Tax For Panthers, Amateur Sports