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5:10 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

English Premier League's Manchester City, Liverpool May Play In Charlotte

Bank of America Stadium may soon be home to top tier international soccer.
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Charlotte already hosts a number of major sporting events each year.  There are the NASCAR races – of course, and Panthers and Bobcat games.  But later this summer the city may briefly be home to two of the best professional soccer teams in the world. 

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Charlotte Observer
1:46 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Carolina Panthers Unveil Stadium Improvement Plan

Bank of America Stadium will also feature new illuminated glass domes on each of the three entry gates.
Credit Carolina Panthers

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.

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.

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Sunday Headlines
9:47 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Freezing Rain In Hickory Sunday

Freezing rain is expected in much of western North Carolina Sunday.   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.  There is a freezing rain advisory south of that area for places like Asheville, Hickory and Durham. Freezing rain is likely there, before temperatures rise back above freezing.

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Local News
10:18 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Ethics Complaint, Lawsuit Continue Over Panthers Stadium Deal

Mike Cozza, Wayne Powers, Ken Koontz and Bruce Bowers (not pictured) are suing the city of Charlotte for allegedly violating North Carolina law in holding secret meetings with the Carolina Panthers.
Credit Julie Rose

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.

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Local News
9:28 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Panthers Get $87.5M Public Money For Stadium

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson thanks the Charlotte City Council for committing $87.5M to stadium renovations.
Credit Julie Rose

  Charlotte taxpayers will pick up nearly two-thirds of the $147 million tab to renovate and maintain Bank of America Stadium.

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. 

In exchange for public money, the Panthers promise to stay in Charlotte for at least six years, with financial penalties that kick in if the team leaves within ten years. City staff call the deal a "tether" that will keep another city from poaching the team.  

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Local News
9:34 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Veteran Journalists Challenge City's Secret Meetings With Panthers

Attorney Paul Whitfield is representing former Charlotte reporters Ken Koontz, Bruce Bowers, Mike Cozza (l-r) and Wayne Powers (not pictured).
Credit Julie Rose

  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. 

These same journalists and their lawyer sued the city for violating the state open meetings law in the early 1970's – and won. As a result, Superior Court Judge Frank Snepp placed the city under a permanent injunction against breaking the law.

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Local News
8:36 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Charlotte 'Regrouping' On Panthers Funding Plan

Charlotte City Councilman James Mitchell is leading the effort to help fund renovations at Bank of America stadium.
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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.

Councilman James Mitchell says the measure passed by the state house Wednesday is "the best the city will get." It only gives the city flexibility to use existing restaurant tax revenues for the football stadium.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Panthers Stadium Funding Measure Clears State House

A funding plan for Bank of America Stadium renovations has cleared the state House. On Wednesday afternoon, Representative Ruth Samuelson's measure passed with little debate.

"There are no new taxes; there is no new revenues – state or local," said Samuelson, introducing her bill for debate on the House floor. "There are just two new options for the Charlotte City Council – which has joined us here today – to consider."

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Charlotte Observer
1:21 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Panthers Stadium Bill Moves Forward In N.C. House

Bank of America Stadium
Credit Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

  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.

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.

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Local News
2:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Charlotte Offers Compromise Tax For Panthers, Amateur Sports

The Carolina Panthers have asked Charlotte to contribute about $144 million to a renovation plan for Bank of America Stadium that will cost as much as $300 million.
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 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.  Now the city is offering a compromise.

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