CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers showed off pictures of what Bank of America Stadium will look like after it's renovated. On Tuesday, the team released details, along with artists' depictions:
There will be four new bays installed at three entry gates with extra wide escalators in each bay. pic.twitter.com/O5w2RhKGPk— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 7, 2014
The team says one escalator in each bay will arrive at the 300 Club Level, while the other will arrive for the upper deck.
Two new ribbon boards (approximately 5 feet high) will encircle the entire bowl at club level and upper bowl level. pic.twitter.com/qfvEmgFc2v— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 7, 2014
In addition, the team is installing what it's calling a "high-efficiency, high-octave distributed sound system" in the bowl.
Two new 63' high x 212' long high-definition video boards will be located above each end zone. pic.twitter.com/54oA34MZY2— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 7, 2014
Also on the outside:
Bank of America Stadium will also feature new illuminated glass domes on each of the three entry gates. pic.twitter.com/oa8R4uFGTw— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 7, 2014
Team president Danny Morrison says renovations will start January 21. The renovations will happen in three phases, during the next three offseasons.
Bank of America Stadium, which opened in 1996, is now almost 18 years old. The stadium was financed mostly through the sale of permanent seat licenses. Last April, Charlotte City Council unanimously approved a plan to give $87 million in city money for renovations in exchange for a guarantee that the Panthers would not leave Charlotte for at least six years.
The initial plan called for a $250 million improvement plan, with half of the money coming from the city, and the rest from the state and the team. State lawmakers ultimately said no to an increase in Charlotte's food and beverage tax to help pay for that plan.