The Carolina Panthers have released their laundry list of improvements they want for Bank of America Stadium once they get $206 million in public money, and in amongst the usual suspects — additional escalators, new team store, schmancier luxury suites — there’s this gem:
Installing new video boards, ribbon boards and overhauling the sound system. The figure for these features — $59 million — includes the projected price of having to replace the new equipment within a decade because of technological advances. In other words, the city, state and team plan on buying two sets of video boards.
On the one hand, that certainly shows foresight: They’ve realized that they’re inevitably going to want even newer scoreboards in less than ten years, because hey, that’s what everybody else will have by then, and have budgeted for it now. On the other, this has got to be the first time that a team has asked for money to replace video boards that it hasn’t even built yet — unless you count the blank checks that other teams have written for themselves via “state-of-the-art” clauses.
And that’s not even the most WTF item in the Charlotte Business Journal article on the team’s requests, which would be this:
Bank of America Stadium, with these renovations, could become a football version of Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, [Panthers president Danny] Morrison added, naming the two oldest Major League Baseball stadiums.
Maybe in another eighty years. It’d need another eight new scoreboards by then, though.