Eyewitness News spent hours on Tuesday reading through hundreds of pages of documents to find out how city leaders struck the deal to have the community pay to fix up Panther's stadium.
After the so-called secret meetings led to a legal complaint filed against the city, Eyewitness News requested the documents to find out exactly how the deal was made.
The documents give new insight on the deal. They show the Panthers did not come to the city asking for money; it was the mayor who went to the team.
"Can't comment on matters from a closed session, thank you," said Mayor Anthony Foxx.
Foxx would not tell Eyewitness News what was said behind closed doors after a private meeting with the Panthers, but on Tuesday night Eyewitness News has 300 pages of documents detailing how city leaders came up with a plan to renovate Bank of America Stadium.
Foxx started the first closed-door meeting in September saying, "I called this closed session to talk about the Carolina Panthers." He said, "This is highly, highly, highly sensitive."
"They (the Panthers) have not asked us for anything, but I think it would be wise for us to authorize the staff to being (in) discussion with the Panthers," said Foxx.
Foxx said he was concerned Panther's owner Jerry Richardson was aging and the team would be sold to another city willing to pay millions.
The documents show the city decided then to reach out to the Panthers to help renovate Bank of America Stadium in exchange for an agreement to stay here for years.
Some Council members were concerned about the city offering taxpayer money when the team never even asked for help.
"I have a growing problem with us helping people who are already loaded and who have billion-dollar businesses," said Councilman Michael Barnes.
The mayor even presented plans to pay for the upgrades – first suggesting the city use money reserved for the convention center, the plan – later approved by state lawmakers.
The closed-door meetings led to a legal complaint against the city.
A lawyer asked that Foxx and city leaders be held in contempt of court for violating the state's open-meeting laws.
The city and mayor have said in the past that they did not do anything wrong, but the mayor's office did not respond Tuesday night.
The group that filed the complaint said it had not read the documents yet.