One of uptown Charlotte’s most high-profile construction projects moved forward Friday as workers assembled massive escalators for four new escalator bays at Bank of America Stadium.
The escalators, which will carry fans to the upper level, are part of the $87.5 million stadium improvement deal the city struck with the Carolina Panthers that “tethers” the team to Charlotte for six years.
Workers can also be seen installing LED panels for the stadium’s new video boards, which will be will be 200 feet wide and 60 feet high – more than twice as large as the old ones.
Panthers officials have said they expect renovations on the 18-year-old stadium to be completed by July 1. Owner Jerry Richardson provided a catered lunch for construction workers on Wednesday, according to the team’s website.
The city of Charlotte is picking up the tab for most of the renovations, but the team is spending $37.5 million on this phase of improvements, and it plans to undertake more renovations in 2015 and 2016.