Panthers’ artificial turf debuts to (mostly) positive reviews | Fieldlevel

Bank of America Stadium officially switched from turf to artificial turf when the Carolina Panthers ‘new home field premiered at the Panthers’ FanFest on Friday.

“I think it’s in really good shape for the first time,” said head coach Matt Rhule. “I think it’s going to pack even more and that’s part of the normal process. I know it tested well when they tested it. Obviously it was great not having any injuries.”

The players were also mostly positive, although star running back Christian McCaffrey could see the pros and cons.

“There are different lawns and some lawns are better than others,” said McCaffrey. “Some grasses are better than others. Of course, grass is great, but when it rains the grass becomes terrible, and that’s not good. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

The disadvantage of artificial turf is the wear and tear on the body of the players. The NFLPA says players are 69 percent more likely to experience non-contact injury on artificial turf.

The decision was made to help the Panthers coexist with Major League Soccer’s Charlotte Football Club, which will play its home games at the venue in 2022.

In addition to the Panthers and Charlotte Football Club games, the stadium hosts several college football games – including the ACC Championship, The Duke’s Mayo Bowl, and regular season games like Georgia-Clemson on September 4th – as well as several major concerts throughout the year.

The Panthers first began playing on their turf in 1996.

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