Politico.com noted that former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile had referred to it as “Panthers Stadium,” not Bank of America Stadium, in a recent email for the Charlotte in 2012 host committee. Another email in June used the same language when referring to the place where Obama will give his acceptance speech Sept. 6.
So were Democrats trying to disassociate themselves with corporate America, and particularly Charlotte’s hometown bank? That was the implication of the POLITICO item, which insisted – inaccurately – that “it’s not like the stadium was ever called Panthers Stadium.”
True, that was never its official name. But that’s sometimes been its nickname.
Republicans seized on the Politico item, tweeting away. And some newspapers went even further than Politico. “Democrats Drop Bank of America name from North Carolina convention venue, calling it ‘Panthers Stadium,’” read the headline in The New York Daily News.
Trouble is, “Bank of America Stadium” – the official name – is all over the websites for the host committee and the Democratic National Campaign Committee. And that’s what Mayor Anthony Foxx called it during a Wednesday news conference about how campaign volunteers will get a guaranteed seat at Obama’s speech.
Even conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh weighed in, calling it “Black Panthers Stadium.” The Charlotte host committee, which initially didn’t return Politico’s phone calls, finally contacted the website to say that both names are used locally and both are used by the host committee. Politico published an “update.” Tim Funk