Panthers' S.C. HQ Would Include Sports Medicine Facility, Hotel
The NFL Panthers are planning a 200-acre development in York County (S.C.) that would include an "orthopedic sport medicine facility that would employ about 200 people, a hotel of at least 150 rooms that would include conference space, and perhaps corporate headquarters, offices and residential projects as well," according to a front-page piece by Jeff Wilkinson of the Columbia STATE. The HQ would feature an "indoor practice field with up to 10,000 spectator seats and a half dozen or so outdoor fields." The Panthers are "seeking up to 200 acres for the project." Panthers VP/Development Mark Hart said, "There’s a misunderstanding that we are building a little practice facility. But our new headquarters is just a portion of the project we want to build. ... [Owner David Tepper] is thinking big." Hart added that the team "hasn’t decided on a location, but has a front runner that declined to identify." The team "wants to begin construction later this year and move into the complex" in the first quarter of '22. The most "concrete aspect of the complex beyond the football headquarters is the sports medicine complex." Hart said that it would "likely be 80,000 to 100,000 square feet." The team has "not announced a partner for the facility, but officials of Charlotte’s Atrium Health attended a meeting between the Panthers and S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster last month" (Columbia STATE, 4/24).