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Panthers, Bank of America Stadium receives face-lift

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The Carolina Panthers have launched a Fan Enhancement and Improvement Program at Bank of America Stadium.

The project will bring four-new bays installed at the three entry gates with extra-wide escalators in each bay, new scoreboards, sound-system, illuminated glass doors on each entry gate, updated broadcast and programming areas and open-air canopies covering decks at the top of each escalator bay.

The scoreboards will be 63’ high by 212’ long, and high-definition. These boards will have live video coverage and replays, game information and stats, crowd prompts and sponsor elements.

Besides the two end zone scoreboards, there will be two ribbon boards approximately five-feet high that will encircle the entire bowl at club level and upper bowl level.

Fans can have a great experience watching NFL games from the comfort of their living-room sofa – so it’s up to teams to stay up with technology and amenities to keep customers coming to the stadium.

“The home product is outstanding,” Director of Stadium Operations Scott Paul said. “We just need to stay ahead of the curve with technology and what we do for the fans in-bowl.”

The scoreboards are 15-years-old, according to architect David Wagner, who had a hand in building Bank of America stadium in the 1990’s. He says 15 years is a typical lifespan for scoreboards, and this was the appropriate time for a switch.

“It’s a little daunting,” Wagner said. “But we’ve been here for a while. We’ve been working with the Panthers for 18 years so we have a pretty good handle on what the expectations have always been.

For the ‘iPhone generation,’ it’s a constant struggle to keep up with technology – and the same goes for NFL teams.

“We’re at the mercy of the whim of where technology is headed,” Wagner said. “Regardless if it’s sports entertainment or anything, I think that what you’re seeing today is because everything is so easily accessible and that’s what the fans expect regardless of what event they’re going to – so we have to be on the cutting edge of that.”

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