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June 07, 2013

Bank of America Stadium expanding gates for shorter wait times

Last year, Panthers fans found out that they couldn't tailgate as late in the afternoon as they once did and expect to make it into the stadium by kickoff.

With the NFL's new security and wanding policies that were implemented at the start of the 2012 season, fans experienced longer lines that ultimately meant missing some of the action.

The North and East gates are now under construction to allow a greater area for fans to get checked before entering the stadium.

"We spent a lot of time last season studying our ingress, when our fans arrive, how they arrive, how they circulate around our building, and we decided that we were going to make some modifications," said director of stadium operations Scott Paul on Panthers.com.

According to the article, planters were removed from both gates, which should allow for twice the amount of screening positions this upcoming year.

That isn't the only construction around the stadium this offseason. On Saturday, the grounds crew completed the stadium's first re-sodding in eight years. 

The expanded gates will be put to the test in Carolina's first preseason game Aug. 9 against the Bears.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on June 7, 2013 at 09:49 AM | Permalink


The last we re-sodded the field was 2005!....good omen.

Posted by: Supa Bowl Bound | Jun 7, 2013 10:01:41 AM

Now if they could just do something about the awful food choices and horrible lines once inside.

Posted by: It aint me | Jun 7, 2013 10:21:56 AM

i vote for bad daddy's throughout the stadium.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 7, 2013 12:44:06 PM

Show me the Chicken!

Posted by: Jake | Jun 7, 2013 12:50:09 PM

Hardy should open some Hardy's in the stadium. Maybe serve some Kraken on a stick or something.

Posted by: big gulps | Jun 7, 2013 1:44:47 PM

Maybe lower those high beer prives

Posted by: Shutup bandwagoner | Jun 7, 2013 6:03:36 PM

Typical Panthers. Wait until something becomes a major problem before addressing it. Easily the most reactive as opposed to proactive team in the league, on and off the field.

Posted by: Steve | Jun 10, 2013 11:10:27 AM

Right on Steve.

Posted by: blackcat | Jun 11, 2013 9:26:59 AM

typical charlotte sports fan to B and complain about everything not knowing how good you actually have it.

You can't know the extent of the problem and properly identify a solution for it until you've actually seen the problem occurring.

isn't it horrible that they cut into your sunday morning drinking time?

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 11, 2013 9:59:53 AM

Yes...yes it is actually, that they cut into tailgating time (i don't drink). Try tailgating sometime and tell me how much you like it buddy!

Spoken like a true "fan" that's never attended a game. Newsflash...the crowds to get in have been horrible even before the new security procedures were put in place. Which if you've been to a game you would know these procedures actually went into effect at the end of the 2011 season, not last year.


Posted by: Steve | Jun 11, 2013 2:09:53 PM

right....because i've never been to every single game before.

football is a sport, tailgating is a bad habit.

70k people going to ANY EVENT at the same time = slow lines getting in. what is wrong with you people? that's like complaining about traffic. ok.....stop driving and there's no traffic.

if you are getting in line to enter the game at the same time as everyone else YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. go earlier. they can't have 70k entry points.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 11, 2013 5:36:08 PM

Tailgating is a bad habit huh. Interesting opinion. You should try it some time. Its more fun than sitting in traffic or at home by yourself.

Go earlier. And do what? You haven't been to a game or you would never suggest that!

You are missing the point. No one is complaining about waiting in line, not one person on here. But to say "you can't solve a problem until its been a problem for a long time", which is basically what you are saying, is just ridiculous. Don't ever tell your boss that, ha.

Posted by: Ted | Jun 11, 2013 10:58:29 PM

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