What's in a name: President speaking in 'Panthers Stadium?'

What's in a name: President speaking in 'Panthers Stadium?'

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 11:50 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama will accept his party's re-nomination here in Charlotte next Thursday at Bank of America Stadium -- or, if you listen to some top Democrats, it's happening at 'Panthers Stadium.'

The name change is causing some political whispering. Democrats, like Donna Brazille and DNC Chair Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have repeatedly substituted the major banking company's name for something else when referring to the site.

Some believe the party doesn't want to be associated with the bank at the convention because of public frustrations during uncertain financial times. Officials with the DNCC said it's simply a matter of calling the stadium the same thing locals do.

NewsChannel 36 asked dozens of people in uptown Charlotte what they called the place where the President is speaking Thursday night. 'Bank of America Stadium' narrowly beat out 'Panthers Stadium,' but overall, the response was mixed.

When asked if it would cover up Bank of America's signage at the stadium, DNCC officials would not comment specifically. However, they did indicate it is customary to cover signage at any arena or stadium to help branding for the convention.

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