Bank of America Stadium


Bank of America Stadium

Infobox_Stadium
stadium_name=Bank of America Stadium
(Carolinas Stadium for FIFA events only)
nickname=The Vault, The Bank


location=800 South Mint Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202, USA
broke_ground=1993
opened=1996
closed=
demolished=
owner=Carolinas Stadium Corp
operator=Carolinas Stadium Corp
surface=Grass
construction_cost=US$248 million
architect=HOK Sport
former_names=Carolinas Stadium (1994–1996)
Ericsson Stadium (1996–2004)
tenants=Carolina Panthers (NFL) (1996–present)
Meineke Car Care Bowl (NCAA) (2002–present)
ACC Championship Game (2010–2011)
seating_capacity=73,504
dimensions=132 yds long x 93 yards wide (121 x 80 m)|

Bank of America Stadium (formerly known as Carolinas Stadium and Ericsson Stadium) is a 73,504-seat football stadium located on 33 acres (130,000 m²) of land in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It is the home facility of the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise. [cite web
title = Stadium (panthers.com)
publisher = Carolina Panthers
url = http://www.panthers.com/stadium/
accessdate = 2007-12-25
] It also hosts the annual Meineke Car Care Bowl which features teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East. [cite web
title = Conferences
publisher = Raycom
url = http://www.meinekecarcarebowl.com/conferences.htm
accessdate = 2007-12-25
] It will host the 2010 and 2011 ACC Championship Games [cite news | url=http://www.wral.com/sports/story/2161744/ | title=ACC Football Title Games to Tampa, Charlotte | publisher=WRAL.com | date=December 12 2007 | accessdate=2007-12-12] The stadium has also been the site for several games featuring the East Carolina University Pirates. [cite web
title = East Carolina Announces Football Schedules Through 2013
publisher = East Carolina University
date = 2005-06-23
url = http://ecupirates.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/062305aaa.html
accessdate = 2007-12-25
] [cite book
title= 2006 East Carolina Football Media Guide
year= 2006
publisher= East Carolina Athletic Department
pages= 178–179
]

Other sites considered for selection

The organization had considered several possible sites for the stadium's location before choosing the Charlotte center city site. Part of the site was occupied by the historic Good Samaritan Hospital.

One alternative was near NASCAR's Lowes Motor Speedway and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in northeast Mecklenburg County. Another was at the intersection of I-85 and US-74 in western Gaston County. A popular option was to locate the facility near Carowinds amusement park, with the 50 yard line being on the state border of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Naming

The stadium, originally known as Carolinas Stadium (this name is used when the stadium hosts FIFA events), opened in 1996, as Ericsson Stadium after the Swedish telecom company LM Ericsson purchased the naming rights to the stadium in a 10 ten year, $25 million agreement.2004, the stadium received its current name after Bank of America purchased the naming rights for 20 years. Since Bank of America has acquired naming rights, many fans now refer to the stadium as "The Vault", "The Bank", or "The BOA".

Carolina panthers

Inaugural season

The Panthers played their Inaugural Season at Clemson University's Memorial Stadium while the stadium was being completed. The Carolina Panthers played their first game at the stadium on September 14, 1996.

Playoff games

The Panthers are undefeated in playoff games at Bank of America Stadium. In 1996, on their way to their first NFC Championship Game, they defeated the defending Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys. Again they defeated the Cowboys on their way to Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in 2004.

Impact on NFL venues

At the time of its construction in the early 1990s, the stadium was a pioneering project for the use of Personal Seat Licenses. It was the first large-scale project funded in the United States chiefly through securing PSLs. The strength of PSL pledges impressed NFL owners and resulted in the Carolinas receiving the first new expansion team in nearly two decades.

The stadium is also credited with being a major cause for the recent round of new stadium construction in the NFL. Only a decade after its construction, it is now among the oldest third of current NFL stadiums. There are only nine older NFL stadiums which have not received major renovations. The last two to open before the stadium broke ground were the Georgia Dome in 1992 and Dolphin Stadium in 1987.

Since Bank of America Stadium opened in 1996, twenty-one other teams have moved into new facilities, an average of 1.9 new facilities' opening each year. The design's innovations, which have been copied in many of the newer stadiums, have meant that no major upgrades are needed in the near future. Management is adding new HD Video Scoreboards.

Non-football uses

Though Bank of America Stadium is mostly used as a football facility, it hosted the Rolling Stones on October 10, 1997, and has been a site of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship in 1999 and 2000. A Billy Graham crusade was held there as well.

References

External links

* [http://www.charlottesports.org/html/facility_display.asp?id=20 Charlotte Sports Commission - Bank of America Stadium official website]
* [http://www.panthers.com/stadium/ Carolina Panthers – Bank of America stadium page]
* [http://www.meinekecarcarebowl.com/ Meineke Car Care Bowl official website]

succession box
title = Home of the
Carolina Panthers
years = 1996–present
before = Clemson Memorial Stadium
after = current
succession box
title = Home of the
Meineke Car Care Bowl
years = 2002–present
before = first stadium
after = current
succession box
title = Home of the
ACC Championship Game
years = 2010–2011
before = Raymond James Stadium
after = future


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