Bank of America Stadium Tour
Charlotte, NC
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July 1, 2009

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Built: 1996
Capacity: 73,367 seats
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
Draft Beer: $7.00
Hot Dog: $3.75
Stadium Parking: $30.00
Bank of America
Stadium Address

800 South Mint Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 358-7800
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view - The Stadium Tour
The City of Charlotte, North Carolina is one of the better tailgating venues during the NFL regular season. Barbecue pits serving up traditional Carolina barbecue can be found dotted throughout the blacktop surrounding Bank of America Stadium on gameday. Bank of America Stadium is also one of the better stadiums within which to see and NFL game so it was a unique thrill to be in town during the offseason to catch a tour of the stadium as part of an extended road trip down south.

Bank of America stadium hosts public tours every Wednesday at 10:00AM, reservations are not required, and tickets can be purchased right outside the ticket office for a very fair $5.00 price tag. Guests taking the tour can also park in the stadium parking lot by entering at the South Gate off of Morehead Street. Just tell the guard youíre there to take the tour.

The tour starts promptly at 10:00AM and begins with a walk down to the field level. Tour guests are taken to the 100 level seating areas to view the playing field, but since the itís a hybrid Bermuda natural grass surface, unlike on some other stadium tours, guests are not allowed down on the field itself. On this particular morning, maintenance crews were hard at work preparing the #2 rated surface in the NFL for the upcoming season, but you could see from where we were situated that playing on the surface at Bank of America stadium is like playing football on a golf green.

Form here we were escorted back though the stadium tunnel toward the visitor locker room. As part of the off-season maintenance work, the goal posts were being repainted and I couldnít help but snag a couple photos next to the newly painted uprights. Our tour guide pointed out the miles of network cable and prewired camera mounts for broadcast camera crews, but what really caught my eye was the actively-cooled beverage piping that ran from stadium tunnel area to each of the concession stands providing cooled liquid refreshment on gameday. Itís also important to note that not only does Bank of America Stadium boast some of the most concession locations per section in the league but they also have one of the better restroom facility to fan ratios in the league as well. The visitor locker room was nothing special; however the Carolina Panther player football cleats had recently arrived and were staged for the player pickup. Stacks of Reebok shoes lined every corner of the room and I even got a chance to take a photo with one of Steve Smithís Nike Zoom Merciless titanium edition football cleats. Itís a small victory, but as far as Iím concerned a significant one.

The luxury suite level was our next stop on the tour as we were guided through a quick sampling of how the other half watches the game of football. A catered luncheon menu and all the beer you can manage are part of the luxury box experience along with premiere seating and flat screen TVís accentuating a plush, fully furnished interior. It was pointed out that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is one of only two former players to own an NFL franchise, and as such instead of the traditional 50 yard line ownerís box, Mr. Richard son prefers the endzone location so he can track the game from the playerís vantage point.

After the Luxury boxes, our tour guide took us through the press box and broadcast booth for a quick peek at what a staff writerís life I like on gameday and then it was off to the club level, complete with club level bar area and football memorabilia, to round out the Bank of America Stadium tour experience. I found our tour guide to be very informative and though the tour on the whole provided a solid offering as to what goes on behind the scenes on gameday. For Carolina Panther fans a tour of Bank of America Stadium is definitely a must.

For more information on the city of Charlotte, North Carolina check out my other reviews by clicking on the links below:
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November 16, 2008 - Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers
     NFL: October 29, 2006 -
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     NFL: Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium - 2010 Stadium Tour

     NBA: Charlotte Bobcats, Time Warner Cable Arena - Arena Tour
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     NHL: Carolina Hurricanes, RBC Center - General Information

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Ticket Prices: $5 Adults,$4 Seniors,$3 Children
Phone Number: 704-358-7538

Hours: Public Tours (groups of 10 or less):
     Wednesday at 10:00am and Friday at 10:30m & 12:00pm.  Meet in
     front of the Bank of America Stadium Office and  arrive 15 to 30
     minutes before the tour begins.
Group Tours (groups of 11 Ė 100):
    $75 fee per every 25 people, reservation req'd











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Last road trip for the Questmobile   Standing at the South Gate   Shadow of the granite panthers
The late Sam Mills   Hybrid Bermuda natural grass surface   Believe in Now
Carolina Panthers Football Cleats   Painting the Goal Posts   A View from the Luxury Boxes
Press box   Club Level Private Bar   A Pic with our Tour Guide Jeff

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