VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Panthers stadium renovation almost done

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Panthers are putting the final touches on phase one of a $125 million stadium renovation project.

Advertisement
Panthers director of stadium operations Scott Paul led a media tour Wednesday showing off the stadium's two new larger video boards, two new ribbon boards, an improved sound system and four new escalators to transport fans to the upper levels.

Paul said the first phase of the project is about ''95-percent complete'' and should be completed before the team's Fan Fest on July 25.

Phase one of the project came in right on budget at $65 million. The remaining two phases of the renovation project will be completed over the next two years.

''The goal of phase one of renovation was all about the fan experience,'' Paul said. ''We wanted to improve the fan experience and we think we've done that.''

Two new 63-foot high, 212-foot long high-definition video boards located above each end zone are the most notable upgrades. They are 2 1/2 times the size of the original video boards. The boards will feature areas for live video coverage, replays, game information and statistics.

Workers also installed two new 5-foot high ribbon boards that encircle the entire bowl at the club level and designed to include updated stats and social media.

The team also is putting the final touches on four new bays with escalators to take fans to the 300 and 500 level seats.

The escalators were a priority for owner Jerry Richardson. He wanted his aging permanent seat license owners - many of whom where 45 or 50 when the stadium was constructed 20 years ago - to have access to the upper decks without having to climb stairs.

The new high-efficiency, high-octave sound system is nearly complete. In the past, the sound was pumped from one end of the stadium to the other. Paul said everyone will be less than 100 feet from a sound system.

''It will sound dramatically better,'' Paul said.

Paul said one of the priorities is giving fans something they can't get at home while watching the game on television.

''That is one of the challenges that every team faces right now - the experience they get at home,'' Paul said. ''That's why these experiences we are trying to create for fans in the bowl are so important. We want to replicate what they get at home as best as possible. These video boards will do that.''

Among some of the minor changes, flag poles representing all 32 NFL teams have been added around the top of the stadium. The Panthers have also moved the names of the Hall of Honor recipients to the top of the stadium to make room for the ribbon boards on the club level.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 12
Nelson: Close Calls - Week 11
BetOnline.ag: ATS Power Rankings - Week 12
DiNitto: Opening Line Report - Week 12
Roberts: Books survive Pats, Eagles
BetOnline.ag: Buyer's Remorse - Week 11
Dobish: Betting Recap - Week 11
Cowboys LT Smith has 'chance' to play
Jags D becoming one of the NFL best
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
12-0 Run, 17-2 G-Plays, 12-4 Totals
6-0 G-Plays, 13-3 L7 Sun, 18-6 Run
3-0 Sun, 11-3 L5 Sundays, 14-6 L20
28-15 L6 Sundays, 62% +1,737 TY
5-1 Week 11, +1,257 TY
10-2 L12 G-Plays, 5-1 L6 Picks
5-1 Week 11 Record
+1,039 NFL Net Profits TY
+1,859 Overall This Season
5-2 Record Last Sunday
3-0 L3 Guarantees, 7-3 L10 Totals
6-2 L8, 16-7 Guaranteed Plays TY
3-1 Last Sunday
6-3 L9 G-Plays, 35-20 L9 Sundays
7-2 Last 9 Guarantees
7-3 L10 Picks, 61% +791 Overall
13-7 L4 Sundays, 6-2 L8 G-Plays
8-4 L12 Guaranteed Plays
5-2 Week 11 Record
NFL Pro Football Expert Picks - Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
2017 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 1859
Vince Akins + 1737
Pat Hawkins + 1257
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 500
Pat Hawkins + 403
Joe Nelson + 393
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Zack Cimini 69 %
Vince Akins 62 %
John Fisher 62 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 1024
Paul Bovi + 830
Michael Black + 803
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 520
Stephen Nover + 505
Vince Akins + 500
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 760
Gary Bart + 575
Dave Cokin + 550
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership