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Bank of America Stadium Seats in Sun & Shade

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Bank of America Stadium is a fixture in the Carolina sports scene. It has served the Panthers well since 1996. It is also the home of Charlotte FC of Major League Soccer and hosts a variety of concerts as well. Like other NFL stadiums in the southeastern United States, Bank of America Stadium is an open-air facility with no retractable roof, air conditioning, or protection from the elements. The weather gets hot and humid in the Tar Heel state, so football, soccer and music fans will all benefit from knowing where to find shade. You can use this guide in combination with the Bank of America Stadium seating chart to locate seats in both the shade and the sun.

Where are the seats in the shade and sun at Bank of America Stadium?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Bank of America Stadium are located:

  • West Sideline: Shaded on the home side of the field
  • South End Zone: Shaded behind the south end zone / goal line

And the seats in the sun at Bank of America Stadium are located:

  • East Sideline: Sunny on the visitor side of the field
  • North End Zone: Exposed to the sun behind t he north end zone / goal line

Unless scheduled for a national Sunday Night or Monday Night Football game, most Panthers games kick off at 1:00pm or 4:00pm to accommodate the NFL’s national TV schedule. In the summer, Charlotte FC games occasionally start early in the day, but most home games are scheduled for the evening. Concerts and other special events frequently begin before dark. For specific details on which sections are shaded at different times of day, please continue reading. 

Bank of America Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Bank of America Stadium is oriented northwest to southeast. By noon the sun is high in the sky over the south end zone. Over the course of the afternoon the sun gradually dips down behind the home side of the stadium and eventually sets closer to the north end zone. This configuration makes the south and west sides of the stadium the “shade sides” and the north and east the sunny spots. 

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the Panthers and Charlotte FC. It is also where you can buy Verified Resale tickets. Season ticket holders may also list unused seats on SeatGeek and Stubhub so consider checking all for prices and availability.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Early Afternoon Bank of America Stadium Games

When Bank of America Stadium opened in the mid-1990s, it was considered state-of-the-art for its time, but its design is now considered somewhat obsolete. A significant issue is that, unlike newer NFL stadiums, it lacks any kind of roof or protection from the sun. That said, for early afternoon games, the huge video board behind the south end zone blocks the sun’s rays and provides some relief for fans in the upper-level sections 560-530 as well as 119-124, 227-232 later into the game. As the afternoon progresses, seats on the west side of the field will start to move into the shade, beginning with those closer to the south end zone.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Late Afternoon Bank of America Stadium Games

For a football or soccer game that kicks off at 4:00 p.m., shade is much easier to find. You’ll find shaded seats on the west (home) side of the field, whether in the lower, middle, or upper deck. For shade, seek out a ticket in sections 126-136, 337-350, or 535-547. On the other hand, if you’re looking for sun to stay warm later in the NFL season, choose seats on the east (visitor) side of the field, like in sections 107-115, 311-320, or 510-519.

Afternoon shadows on the stands at Bank of America Stadium

By mid-afternoon, fans on the west (home) side of the stadium are in the shaded seats, while fans on the east (visitor) side are in the sun.
Cal Sport Media / Alamy Stock Photo

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening Bank of America Stadium Games

If the Panthers are scheduled for a Sunday Night or Monday Night Football game, the lights will already be on by kickoff time, so there’s no need to worry about the sun and shade. However, sunset in North Carolina isn’t until after 8:30 p.m. during the longest days of summer, so Charlotte FC fans will want to know exactly where the sun is shining.

By game time, seats on the west side of the stadium will be completely shaded. On the east side, seats closer to the field will move into the shade first as the stadium casts a shadow across the pitch, while seats farther from the field will stay in the sun the longest. Soccer games usually only use the lower and middle levels, so fans in sections 311-320 are most likely to need sunglasses at least for the first few minutes of the match!

Ready to get your Carolina football or soccer tickets?

Use the individual game links or click or tap here to see an upcoming list of games at Bank of America Stadium.