Bank of America Stadium

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Charlotte’s City Council approved a slew of new spending measures at Monday night’s council meeting, including another $20 million for upgrades at Bank of America stadium—the second of three installments the city agreed to in 2013. 

Council members also agreed to subsidize the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 to the tune of $3 million—half the event’s projected cost.

Michael Tomsic

Charlotte’s city council has a full docket this evening at one of its few summer meetings. Council members will consider spending millions on sports and economic development deals.

This is the only city council meeting in a two-month span, with elections looming in September.


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. 

Carolina Panthers Unveil Stadium Improvement Plan

Jan 7, 2014
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.

Freezing Rain In Hickory Sunday

Dec 8, 2013

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.

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.

Panthers Get $87.5M Public Money For Stadium

Apr 23, 2013
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.  

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.

Charlotte 'Regrouping' On Panthers Funding Plan

Mar 28, 2013

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.

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."