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NFL Facility Notes: 49ers' Success Not Accelerating Stadium Progress In S.F.
Published November 29, 2011
VIDEO GAME: In Charlotte, Joseph Person noted as the Panthers "begin a yearlong study for renovating Bank of America Stadium, experts say fans can expect to see bigger and better videoboards, improved suites and premium seats, and enhanced technology when work is finished at the 16-year-old facility." David Wagner, whose Charlotte-based Wagner Murray Architects is serving as a consultant on the renovation plan, said, "Five years ago nobody brought PDAs to football games. Look around now. How many people are on their BlackBerries? Half of them. They're checking scores." Wagner added, "No one watches the field. It's the craziest thing. They're looking at the videoboards. They're looking at the ribbon boards. They're looking at their PDAs" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/25).
SUMMER FOOTBALL: In Baltimore, Jeff Zrebiec noted the Ravens are "currently negotiating with several international soccer clubs with the hope of playing host to two potentially high-profile games in the summer." M&T Bank Stadium was the site of an exhibition game between Serie A club AC Milan and EPL club Chelsea in July '09 that "attracted more than 72,000 fans." The Ravens were "hoping to have a soccer game at the stadium this past summer, but they were unable to secure an agreement" (Baltimore SUN, 11/27).