Photo of the west end zone at Bank of America Stadium. Home of the Carolina Panthers.

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The Carolina Panthers recently announced that the organization will be removing more than 900 seats from the west end zone to make room for 14 field level bunker suites. The construction of the bunker suites are expected to be completed by the time the 2020 NFL season kicks off, and will be able to accommodate 12+ guests. The Carolina Panthers did not release the pricing and availability of the bunker suites to the public. 

The bunker suites are expected to offer premium amenities typical of luxury suites at other NFL stadiums. Common amenities include comfortable padded seating, upscale food and drink offerings, a climate-controlled area with flat-screen HD televisions, and floor to ceiling glass windows. The 900 seats in the west end zone were owned by fewer than 400 PSL owners who will be able to transfer their personal seat license(s) to other sections of Bank of America Stadium. PSL owners can also choose the option of reimbursement if they decline to purchase season tickets for the 2020 NFL season.

The Carolina Panthers are also weighing their options as to whether they will add a retractable roof to Bank of America Stadium, or build a new stadium for the team in Uptown Charlotte. A retractable roof would make Bank of America Stadium a contender for more high profile events like the Men's Final Four, year around concerts, and the Super Bowl. A new stadium with upscale amenities would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and the local taxpayers would be required to contribute to that project. No matter what the future holds for Bank of America Stadium, changes are coming with David Tepper now behind the wheel in Charlotte.


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