Bank of America Stadium is a perfectly modern and lovely venue that hosts 10 football games a year. But Panthers owner Jerry Richardson wants more! He wants new escalators! A new video board! Better wi-fi in the stadium! And he wants you—the fan who already pays to attend games—to pay for most of the upgrades.
We've seen this play out across the country. In just the last month, the Bills got their taxpayer-funded improvements, while the Rams and Dolphins made a case for their public funds. Every owner wants a new stadium—they just don't want to pay for it. This is fair only if you believe the league-trumpeted line that a franchise invigorates the local economy, and disbelieve the studies that find there's no such correlation.