Panthers Move Forward With HQ Planning With S.C. Site Picked
The NFL Panthers are focused on the next steps in their effort to build a practice facility and HQ in South Carolina, now that the destination for the project is "no longer in question," according to Erik Spanberg of the CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Panthers COO Mark Hart said that the team "wants to close on the purchase" of a 200-acre undeveloped site "by the end of this year." The team has already hired Populous to "design the football facilities and begin master planning" for the project. Team reps have also "studied" the Cowboys' HQ at The Star in Frisco and other training complexes, though they "still have more analysis to do before locking in design plans." Hart and other Panthers execs next week will head to Minnesota to "see the Vikings' year-old, mixed-use team headquarters project." Hart said that the Panthers may also "visit, or at least research," the Bills' new 41,000-square-foot performance center, the Browns' renovated training home and the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Hart added that Panthers Owner David Tepper and President Tom Glick have been "inundated with calls from developers and companies interested in discussing private development" at the site. Spanberg noted naming rights for the Panthers' facility "could generate" between $2-4M per year for the team (BIZJOURNALS.com, 5/30).
MOMENTOUS OCCASION: In Charlotte, Schechter & Gordon note South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will "hold a ceremonial bill signing next week" to officially give the Panthers $115M in "state tax discounts." The bill signing will be held at 10:00am ET on June 5, with Tepper, team reps, players and mascot Sir Purr all "expected to join the governor and other State House leaders" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/31).