Watch: A conversation on the future of live sports in Charlotte
Axios Local hosted a virtual event on the future of Charlotte sports and how the industry has adapted to COVID-19. Axios Charlotte reporter Katie Peralta Soloff hosted one-on-one conversations with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and Tepper Sports & Entertainment President Tom Glick.
Mayor Vi Lyles discussed how the city has invested in the entertainment industry, as well as how sports teams and venues have played an important role in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
- How the sports industry has helped public health efforts: "We've had mass vaccinations at the speedway, at Spectrum Arena, at the home of the Panthers, our Bank of America Stadium...When we think about what we're going to be doing, we'll always do it in partnership with our sports industries."
Tom Glick highlighted safety protocols that will be in place for 2021 sporting events at the Bank of America Stadium, including "enhanced cleaning" and a more digitized experience.
- On the specifics of the new safety measures: "We have new systems for air quality monitoring. You probably heard about our germ zapping robots, which kept our locker rooms and meeting rooms and suites and corridors free of infection...It's also become a much more digital experience...in as many places as possible, it's touchless and it's cashless."
Axios Director of Business Development Lizzy Sirkin hosted a View from the Top segment with Bojangles Chief Marketing Officer Jackie Woodward, who discussed how the company has adapted to the restrictions of the pandemic.
- "We quickly realized last year that if there wasn't going to be an in-person tailgating season, that there was a really great opportunity for us for home-gating...The other thing that we did was we the very first [Panthers] home game in September with a drive-thru tailgate."
Thank you Bojangles for sponsoring this event.