26 Jan 2016

Since the Carolina Panthers last went to the Big Game …

On February 1, 2004, the Carolina Panthers met New England in the 38th “Big Game” in Houston, Texas. The announcers were Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms, Armen Keteyian and Bonnie Bernstein. John Fox was head coach of the team. The Panthers lost the match-up 32–29.

Finally, with another chance for redemption, the Panthers will head to San Francisco for a match-up with Denver on February 7, 2016. This year (the 5oth anniversary of this annual event), Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the game, along with Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn reporting. Ron Rivera is head coach, recently named 2015 Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

With 12 years and lots of personnel changes between appearances in the Big Game, it made us wonder: How much have things in the Carolinas changed?


Between 2000 and 2010, North Carolina gained almost 1.5 million residents to reach a total population of nearly 9.5 million in 2014. During this period, North Carolina was the sixth fastest growing state in the nation with a growth rate of 18 percent – nearly double the national rate of 9.7 percent.

In the last two decades, Upstate South Carolina has added more than 300,000 new residents for a population total of 1,409,582 in 2014.

The Stadium

The home of the Panthers opened in 1996 as Ericsson Stadium after the Swedish telecommunications company LM Ericsson purchased the naming rights to the stadium in a 10-year, $25 million agreement. In 2004, the stadium received its current name after Bank of America purchased the naming rights for 20 years.

A renovation project during the 2014 offseason incorporated state-of-the-art technology into the fan experience at Bank of America Stadium. Additions included four escalator bays to convey fans to the upper levels, high-definition video boards above each end zone, vibrant ribbon boards encircling the entire bowl at the club and upper levels (where you’ve seen Allen Tate messaging), and a high-efficiency, high-octave distributed sound system throughout the bowl.

The second phase focused on completely redoing the facility’s 153 suites, which now feature three rows of seating, fully retractable windows, radiant heat and more televisions. Upgrades were also made to the distributed antenna system to improve cellular service throughout the stadium. The stadium now seats 75,412 screaming fans.

Other changes in sports in the Carolinas

In 2004, the Charlotte Hornets left for New Orleans and the NBA granted an expansion team to Charlotte – the Bobcats. In 2014, the NBA franchise announced it was officially changing its name back to the Hornets.

In other hoops news, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill men’s basketball team became the NCAA champions in 2005 and 2009.  Duke University’s men’s basketball teams did the same in 2010 and 2015.

And remember in 2004 when Charlotte Knights AAA baseball was played in Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC? In 2014, the team moved to Uptown Charlotte to the new, retro- feel 10,200-seat BB&T Ballpark, which rightfully claims to have one of the best views in baseball. Other new ballparks across the states include the BB&T Ballpark hosting the Winston-Salem Dash since 2010 and the NewBridge Bank Park hosting the Greensboro Grasshoppers since 2005.

Carolina baseball experienced another change on February 11, 2005, when Minor League Baseball announced that the Columbia (SC) Bombers had been granted permission to move to Greenville. Fluor Field opened in downtown Greenville in 2006 and was named “Ballpark of the Year” for the 2006 season. The 5,700-seat stadium shares the dimensions of its parent club’s major league park, Fenway Park.

And more recently, the ACC gained big-time college football clout when on January 11, 2016, the Clemson Tigers vied for the National College Football Championship title against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Social Media has changed everything.

Chances are good that during that 2004 game, you didn’t tweet or post to Facebook during the game, take pics of your party food for Instagram, or upload selfies to SnapChat. However, chances are good that during this year’s game, you will engage in social media activity on one or more platforms.

That’s’ because between February 2005 and August 2006, the use of social networking sites among young adult Internet users ages 18-29 jumped from 9 percent – to 49 percent!

And as of September 2014:

  • 71% of online adults use Facebook
  • 23% of online adults use Twitter
  • 26% use Instagram
  • 28% use Pinterest
  • 28% use LinkedIn

And what does this rise in social media activity mean for the Carolinas? Well, a recent online search of indeed.com revealed that in Charlotte, 389 social media jobs were available, along with 352 in Chapel Hill, 520 in Raleigh, and 72 in Greenville, SC.

Allen Tate joined in the social fun in 2009. You can now Like, Tweet, or Pin with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

And in 2011, Allen Tate launched our mobile website and TateMobile mobile apps for handheld devices.

Changes in real estate

Allen Tate Realtors® expanded from the Charlotte area to the Triad in 2002; to the Triangle in 2007; and to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2008 – becoming the #1 real estate company in the Carolinas.

Allen Tate Companies honored the passing of our founder, H. Allen Tate Jr. in 2015 with the celebration of 21,595 closed sales transactions totalling $5.16 billion, the second best year in our company’s 58-year history.

Called the “Know before you owe” disclosures, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) integrated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and Truth in Lending Act (TILA) disclosures in November 2013. This means that any transaction involving a mortgage must use new CFPB disclosure forms. The new TRID rules and forms took effect on October 3, 2015.

What do all the forms and acronyms mean to you? More rules and regs that make having a licensed Realtor® by your side more important than ever when you buy or sell a home!

Can you think of big change or something that impacted your life in the Carolinas since the Panthers’ last trip to the Big Game? Share with us in the comments below!

Pat Riley

Pat Riley,

CEO and President, Allen Tate Company

Allen Tate Companies
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