At Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers spent the offseason overhauling its entire inventory of 153 suites. It is the first time that the suites have been touched in the 20 years that the building has been open.
The suite upgrades start with their windows, now fully retractable and capable of opening to the seating bowl and field of play, bringing suite holders closer to the action. Radiant heating has been added to warm the outdoor space during colder December games. The seating configuration has altered, having added a third row of barstools and inserting a center aisle.
Inside the suites, five televisions and double the refrigeration space is now available, as are increased electrical and USB outlets.
The suite renovations are part of a five-year project, which started last year, that is being funded through a public-private partnership. The city of Charlotte has committed $75 million. In return, the Panthers have committed to remain in town for at least the next six seasons as well as provide Bank of America Stadium to the city for five rent-free dates. The team spent $37 million in 2014 and $34 million in 2015 on the renovations.