The Carolina Panthers kicked off the 2017 season with an impressive 23-3 road win over the San Francisco 49ers last weekend.
This Sunday, the Panthers welcome the Buffalo Bills to Charlotte for their home opener. There’s nothing like playing on your own turf and in front of 70,000 cheering hometown fans – and you know the Panthers will #KeepPounding this weekend.
Here’s a look what fans can expect to experience with new upgrades at Bank of America Stadium this season.
Food and Drink Upgrades
More craft beer options and newly remodeled clubs on the 300 and 400 levels are some of the main changes fans can expect at Bank of America Stadium this season.
Fans will also notice a new look for the entire 100-level concourse. One of the biggest changes is the revamped concession-stand designed to sell more food and drinks and get fans through lines faster. One upgrade includes the open-area beer stands, a craft beer bar that doubled the number of taps due to high demand is available separate from other concessions.
The 300- and 400-level clubs include new tile, new carpet, LED lighting, bigger high-definition TVs, and new furniture with more seating.
On the Field Updates
The Panthers spent $800,000 on a complete renovation of the football field. The work included a new irrigation and drainage system, replacing the soil and re-sodding.
The field was completely dug up in the off-season in order complete all the upgrades.
Improving the Fan Experience
The Panthers haven’t forgotten the importance of fan experience during their recent renovations.
The team added more cellular equipment designed to make it easier for fans to use their mobile devices in the stadium. This is found outside the stadium in a new technology building near Mint Street.
Upgrades to the Panthers Squad
The upgrades to the stadium and field are an important part of the team’s success and fan support; but so is the product playing on the field each Sunday.
The Panthers added some talent and depth to their roster this season. The two big names that came from this off-season’s NFL Draft: Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel.
McCaffrey was drafted No. 8 overall by the Panthers. The Stanford product is expected to provide an extra weapon for Cam Newton and the offense. McCaffrey has quickly become a fan favorite these last couple of months, so expect to see a lot of No. 22 jerseys around Bank of America Stadium this season.
The second round pick Samuel is another player the Panthers are excited about. The former Ohio State standout will add more depth to the Panthers’ receiving group and special teams.
The offensive line was also upgraded in the offseason with the signing of tackle Matt Kahlil (younger brother of center Ryan Kahlil) from the Minnesota Vikings. Matt Kahlil provides added protection on the outside for Newton.
Finally, the defense got a familiar face back and fan favorite in Julius Peppers. The North Carolina native returns for his second stint with the Panthers after stops in Chicago and Green Bay.