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Carolinas Panthers consider stadium upgrades

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Panthers are working on plans to upgrade Bank of America Stadium, probably including new video boards and escalators.

The Charlotte Observer reported that team president Danny Morrison would not say whether the NFL team will ask for public support for the renovations.

Some city officials have indicated they would support using taxpayer dollars to upgrade the 16-year-old stadium.

City Councilman James Mitchell says the city has helped the Charlotte Bobcats NBA team and is helping the Charlotte Knights minor league baseball team.

Mayor Anthony Foxx sent a letter to Panthers owner Jerry Richardson on Tuesday inviting him to discuss stadium renovation plans with the city council when appropriate. The Mayor's office says Mayor Foxx has not committed any city funds to the Panthers.

Team officials tell WBTV "they're conducting a study and until the study is complete, it's premature to discuss funding. They say they don't know what's in the study".

Some Panthers fans are divided on who should pay for stadium upgrades.

Tony Scruggs, a season ticket holder says, "the stadium should pay for that. The amount of money we pay for tickets, they should certainly pay to maintain the stadium to standards of NFL".

Meanwhile, Mike Kirk, says "I guess the city should pay for it. The people that come to the games, people that own the stadium. I guess taxpayers? You think taxpayers should? Why not? It's our team is it not? It's our city, our stadium. We want to come to games - why shouldn't we be the ones paying for it"

And David Perlman, who owns Action Graphics - which is across the street from Bank of America Stadium - says "no I don't believe taxpayer - again I'll go back - my property tax went up 71% this past year - they can't squeeze anymore out of me".

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