As many as 74,000 NFL fans at last night's Colts v. Panthers game in Charlotte, North Carolina, witnessed two people rappel from the upper deck of Bank of America Stadium in the pouring rain.And why this particular game?
The "fracktivists" — who were later arrested — suspended themselves in front of the press box and unfurled a banner from the railing above which read, “BoA: Dump Dominion, WeAreCovePoint.org.”
The stunt was broadcast live on ESPN's Monday Night Football, which had an audience of more than 12 million last week.
Carried out during one of the biggest match-ups of the season between the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts, the banner drop was designed to shame stadium sponsor Bank of America for its financial backing of a gas liquefaction project on the Chesapeake Bay.
A press release by organization We Are Cove Point identifies the rapellers as Rica Madrid and John Nicolson.I have bad news for the "fracktivists". The plant is a done deal. There are millions of dollars already in the ground here.
“Bank of America is financing the Cove Point LNG plant, and the surrounding community in Southern Maryland is forced to bear the human cost,” Nicolson is quoted in the press release. “This is unacceptable.”
But it would have been kind of amusing if one of the rappellers had fallen for a lost cause.