The arguments over money and funding are over. Now we get to see the product of 2013 bickering with the announcement of upgrades to Bank of America Stadium.
News of elevators and new video boards was already already known, but the Panthers released a few interesting tidbits today.
There will be four new bays installed at three entry gates with extra wide escalators in each bay. pic.twitter.com/O5w2RhKGPk— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 7, 2014
Construction is set to begin in two weeks, according to team president Danny Morrison -- and the escalators should make life a little easier for those accustomed to walking the seemingly never-ending ramps up to the top decks.
There will be new ribbon boards around the stadium, an upgraded sound system and impressive new video boards to replace the outdated ones currently at BOA.
Two new 63' high x 212' long high-definition video boards will be located above each end zone. pic.twitter.com/54oA34MZY2— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 7, 2014
My favorite picture is the new rendition of the exterior of the stadium. It's looking pretty swanky if I do say so myself.
The teams said the upgrades with take a grand total of three years, each occurring during the offseason. There is no indication in which order they will take place, but for fan comfort here's hope the escalators are a high priority. Make jokes about laziness all you like, but that hike to the upper deck is no joke -- especially for children and the elderly.