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Crews begin renovation work at Bank of America Stadium

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Construction on the $75 million Bank of America Stadium project will officially kick off next week, but crews have already started making noticeable changes.

WBTV spotted over a dozen construction workers outside of the stadium, working Wednesday afternoon. Scaffolding is visible and new large television screens are already being installed.

"We're working on taking the old TVs out and putting some new TVs in," construction worker Letrale Silver said.

Last year, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson asked the city to help fund the renovations. Despite some controversy, the city agreed. That means some taxpayer money will fund the facelift, which includes new video screens and escalators.

"Anything that brings fans in is a good idea," said Charlotte resident Chris Morton.

Morton says it's all about the taxpayers getting their return on investment, something he says should be no problem with a successful team.

"I don't think it'll be in a year. It's probably something that's five or ten year payback. It's worked in some cities, and in other cities like Cincinnati it's not worked so well," he said.

Crews are only working on the first phase of construction. Several projects are planned in the off-season for the next few years. This current phase is supposed to be done by July 1st, well before kickoff of the first game of the season.

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