|Latest round of renovations transform Bank of America Stadium|
|Bunker suites project started in January|
|Published Friday, January 24, 2020 4:06 pm|
|Bank of America Stadium is undergoing renovations that include removal of eight rows of seating in the west end zone to build 14 field-level bunker suites. Construction is expected to finish in July.|
Renovations are underway at Bank of America Stadium.
The 25-year-old facility is adding 14 bunker suites, which are scheduled for completion in time for the 2020 Carolina Panthers season, which commences with removal of the first eight rows of the west end zone.
While the suites themselves are covered for what Panthers Vice President Ticket Sales & Services Joe LaBue described as a “climate controlled element,” the seats themselves are outside.
“We’re still finalizing exactly what the look is going to be—think of three-four rows of plush, comfortable seating, sort of the best amenities you’re going to have out in the seating bowl, coupled with the best [food] and [beverage] we have here at the stadium,” LaBue said. “They’ll be all inclusive. The back of the suites will be sort of the private area for the suite owner to go in. We plan to have floor to ceiling glass. You’ll be able to look out into the tunnel concourse, see the team take the field. Really, accessibility is big here. We did the 53 Club last year, which was huge for us. We’ve taken a lot of what we’ve learned there and what fans have asked for, and we’ve got a lot of good feedback, and we’ve tried to use that.”
LaBue added that they “haven’t gone to market yet” with the suites. On Thursday, the team began the process of contacting PSL owners who will be impacted by the removal of the first eight rows of seats.
“We’re calling every single impacted account individual, it’s about 380 accounts,” LaBue said. “We’ve got a very good plan in place. They will have options to relocate to a lower bowl seat, most of them in that same end zone. They won’t incur any additional PSL increase, ticket increase. They do, however, have the opportunity to move to a more expensive location. We are not going to ask them to pay more for a PSL. Their ticket price would be more expensive [if they moved to a more expensive location]. We understand the sensitive nature of this. We’re really excited about this project, and we knew this was a part of it. We were very intentional and thought out how this was going to take place.”
LaBue noted starting the project in January rather than December as they did not want to start contacting people immediately after a disappointing Panthers season, which finished on an eight-game losing streak.
“We wanted to make sure it was more of a focus of 2020, and didn’t want to interrupt anything during the season,” LaBue said.
Construction is ongoing throughout other events leading up to the 2020 NFL season. For instance, the Mexican national team plays the Czech Republic in a soccer friendly on March 26 in which seating will be less than the previous capacity of 75,525. It will also impact concerts as well as the International Champions Cup, which returns to Charlotte this summer.
“Construction is going to be going on during all the events here,” LaBue said. “Hopefully we’re done end of July. That’s the goal right now.”
LaBue described the renovations as “complete stadium enhancement,” making it what he called “more viable” to allow its use it for nearly any event. The only drawbacks could be concerts should the stage be placed in front of the bunker suites.
“College football, soccer—anything we do here—talk about being right in the action,” LaBue said.
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