Bank of America Stadium
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Charlotte, NC
Carolina Panthers Stadium Tour
July 12, 2010

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Built: 1996
Capacity: 73,367 seats
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
Draft Beer: $7.00
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Stadium Parking: $30.00
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Stadium Address

800 South Mint Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 358-7800
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  Stadium Review - The Stadium Tour Revisited
Quest for 31 - The Machine in CharlotteThe city of Charlotte, North Carolina is a bustling urban metropolis that maintains the small town feel of the friendly southern states. I've always enjoyed my visits down there, especially when it comes to the world of professional sports as represented in the Carolinas. The people are friendly, the tailgating is exceptional, and the barbecue is top-notch. If there's one thing that can be said for Charlottte, those folks know how to throw a great NFL tailgate.

Anyway, I was in town for a short time and although I've already attended the Bank of America Stadium tour once before, I had my daughter, niece, and nephew with me this time and thought I might try to get a quick walkthough while in the neighborhood. It was a Monday, not a typical guided tour day, but the box office staff was still kind enough to take time out to show us around the stadium.

The Panthers at Bank of America StadiumThe first design elements that strikes you as you enter one of the gates at Bank of America Stadium are the massive black panther sculptures that guard the entrance areas as you approach the building. Weighing 2000 pounds each and standing eight feet tall, the panthers are perched on top of ten foot granite pedestals, providing an excellent photo opportunity. Not being one to pass up any photo opportunity, I wrangled the kids and set up my tripod.

Our tour began with a walk down to the field area as seen from the 100 level seating. At this time of the year, the grounds staff was resodding the field with a hybrid Bermuda natural grass surface that actually ranks as the #2 rated surface in the NFL as judged by the players themselves. Unfortunately, like most stadium tours in facilities preferring a natural grass playing surface, tour guests aren't allowed down on the field.  So we had to admire the work of the Bank of America Stadium grounds crew from afar. On other stadium tours, especially the ones that have a FieldTurf or AstroPlay synthetic surface, you can actually run around down on the field and test it out for yourself. That's one experience I can never seem to get enough of and it's an element that weighs heavily on my Stadium tour five star rating.

After a couple of photos we headed to the Carolina Panthers Luxury Suite area. The suite level at Bank of America Stadium has really done an effective job of integrating the game of football into its decor. The carpet is asto-turf green with football field yard lines and markers. A full offensive and defensive starting lineup is illustrated in the design on the carpet and they've even mounted a set of goal posts in the endzone area. Tabletops and chairs are then scattered over the area to allow for several gameday gathering spots for suite level ticket holders. I've been through many of the suite level areas in other stadiums, but the attention to detail in recreating an NFL field in this one was most impressive.

Next on the list was the press box to see where the local and national writers collect on gameday, followed by a trip to Suite 87. The owner of the Carolina Panthers is Jerry Richardson, a former NFL player who wore the number 87 when he played for the Johnny Unitas-led Baltimore Colts. Richardson's Suite 87 is the ultimate in Gameday Luxury. Leather recliners, a private bar area, and table top viewing areas overlook the field from the opposite side of the owners box itself. As a former player, unlike most owners who typically place their owner's box at the 50 yard line, Richardson prefers the endzone for his box as it provides the player perspective for football games.
A quick walk through the visitors locker room, including a stop in the trainer's area, was last on our list as we moved toward the conclusion of our tour. Special thanks to Bobby Trimnal for taking the time to show us around. I look forward to my return to Charlotte for my next Carolina Panther adventure.

For more information on the city of Charlotte, North Carolina check out my other reviews by clicking on the links below:
     NFL: December 12, 2010 - Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
October 25, 2009 - Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers 
NFL: November16, 2008 - Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers
     NFL: October 29, 2006 -
Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers
     NFL: Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium - 2009 Stadium Tour
     NBA: Charlotte Bobcats, Time Warner Cable Arena - Arena Tour
     NBA: Charlotte Bobcats, Time Warner Cable Arena - General Information

     NHL: Carolina Hurricanes, RBC Center - General Information
City of Charlotte Local Information  
Top Tourist Attractions:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Richard Petty Driving Experience
Mint Museum

Local Foods:
Carolina BBQ, Fried Chicken, Brunswick Stew

What They're Drinkin':
Carolina Blonde, Highland Brewing Company, Red Oak

Tailgating Hotspots:
Pecan Parking Lot B-3

Local Sports Media:
The Charlotte Observer
WBT 1110AM

Getting to the Stadium:
Bank of America Stadium is located in uptown Charlotte.  There's no city metro rail in Charlotte, so if you're a visitor your best bet is to drive to the stadium and park in one of the many lots scattered throughout the city on gameday. 
Popular Bar Districts:
Uptown Charlotte (Buckhead Saloon, Bar Charlotte, Coyote Joe's, Tempo,
     The Attic Bar, Breakfast Club)
The Epicentre (Suite, Kazba, Whisky River, Howl at the Moon)

Best Restaurants:
Uptown Charlotte (Mert's Heart and Soul, Lavecchia's Seafood Grille,
     Alexander Michael's, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, French Quarter,
     Capital Grille)
The Epicentre (Blackfinn American Saloon, Flemings’s Prime Steakhouse
     & Wine Bar, Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar)
Brixx Wood-Fired Pizza

Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of Charlotte
Stadium Policy
Stadium Parking Map
Fan Forum:

Where to Stay:
Find a hotel in the downtown area as Bank of America Stadium is right downtown.  I would suggest the Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard Charlotte, or the Residence Inn by Marriott. 

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Ticket Prices: $5 Adults,$4 Seniors,$3 Children
Phone Number: 704-358-7538

Hours: Public Tours (groups of 10 or less):
     Wednesday at 10:00am and Friday at 10:30m & 12:00pm.  Meet in
     front of the Bank of America Stadium Office and  arrive 15 to 30
     minutes before the tour begins.
Group Tours (groups of 11 – 100):
    $75 fee per every 25 people, reservation req'd











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