- Bank of America 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 Carolina28202, USA
owner=Carolinas Stadium Corp
operator=Carolinas Stadium Corp
former_names=Carolinas Stadium (
Ericsson Stadium (1996–2004)
Carolina Panthers(NFL) (1996–present) Meineke Car Care Bowl(NCAA) ( 2002–present) ACC Championship Game(2010–2011)
dimensions=132 yds long x 93
yardswide (121 x 80 m)|
Bank of America Stadium (formerly known as Carolinas Stadium and Ericsson Stadium) is a 73,504-seat football
stadiumlocated on 33 acres (130,000 m²) of land in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It is the home facility of the Carolina PanthersNFL 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 Bowlwhich features teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferenceand 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 UniversityPirates. [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
publisher= East Carolina Athletic Department
Other sites considered for selection
The organization had considered several possible sites for the stadium's location before choosing the
Charlotte center citysite. Part of the site was occupied by the historic Good Samaritan Hospital.
One alternative was near
NASCAR's Lowes Motor Speedwayand the University of North Carolina at Charlottein northeast Mecklenburg County. Another was at the intersection of I-85and US-74in western Gaston County. A popular option was to locate the facility near Carowindsamusement park, with the 50 yard line being on the state border of North Carolinaand South Carolina.
The stadium, originally known as Carolinas Stadium (this name is used when the stadium hosts
FIFAevents), opened in 1996, as Ericsson Stadium after the Swedish telecom company LM Ericsson purchased the naming rightsto the stadium in a 10 ten year, $25 million agreement.2004, the stadium received its current name after Bank of Americapurchased 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".
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.
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 BowlChampion Dallas Cowboys. Again they defeated the Cowboys on their way to Super Bowl XXXVIIIin Houstonin 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 Domein 1992 and Dolphin Stadiumin 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.
Though Bank of America Stadium is mostly used as a football facility, it hosted the
Rolling Stoneson October 10, 1997, and has been a site of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championshipin 1999 and 2000. A Billy Grahamcrusade was held there as well.
* [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]
title = Home of the
years = 1996–present
before = Clemson Memorial Stadium
after = currentsuccession box
title = Home of the
Meineke Car Care Bowl
years = 2002–present
before = first stadium
after = currentsuccession box
title = Home of the
ACC Championship Game
years = 2010–2011
Raymond James Stadium
after = future
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