ACC to play title game in Panthers stadium until 2030

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At a time when the Panthers are for sale and the local chicken littles are eagerly anticipating/volunteering to be extorted by a new NFL owner, they already have another 13 years worth of dates for Bank of America Stadium.

The ACC just announced that they had extended their contract to play the conference’s football championship games in Bank of America Stadium until 2030.

They were already playing the next three years there, so they tacked 10 years onto the existing deal.

The game has also been played in Jacksonville and Tampa, but has been in Charlotte seven of the last eight years, with the only exception in 2016 when the state’s since-revoked HB2 policy caused the conference to pull the game at the last minute and play it in Orlando.

The Panthers agreed to a “hard-tether” through 2019 with the city of Charlotte in exchange for $87.5 million for renovations, but the reality is the stadium is not in such condition that it needs to be replaced anytime soon.

That won’t keep a new owner from trying to squeeze the locals for more money, of course, and the track record of Charlotte’s city government is that it will hand the guy a blank check before he even asks for one.

8 responses to “ACC to play title game in Panthers stadium until 2030

  1. Poor decision for the fan base. It is always cold by then and it is usually a night game. Makes about as much sense at the Detroit Tigers opening up the season at home and already have postponed three games because of the cold weather. Put this thing in Tampa and kick it off at 3:30

  2. Poor decision for the fan base. It is always cold by then and it is usually a night game. Makes about as much sense at the Detroit Tigers opening up the season at home and already have postponed three games because of the cold weather. Put this thing in Tampa and kick it off at 3:30

    Charlotte is a much better choice. Tampa is a great city with great weather but Raymond James stadium is trash. And it’s not always cold here in December. Charlotte’s weather during that time of year is unpredictable. It was near 80 during Christmas here a couple years ago.

  3. This assures me of getting to watch a Clemson game in person at least once a year for a long time. I’m happy.

  4. It makes perfect sense as far as geography goes. UVA, VT, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, UNC, Clemson and Georgia Tech are all within very reasonable drives.

  5. So I guess that figured out what bathroom everyone is supposed to use? Remember, that was the focus of the tide pod eaters before vandalizing statues became the righteous thing.

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