New Plans For Panthers' S.C. HQ Show Gambling, Residential Aspects
The NFL Panthers are moving "closer to breaking ground on a new practice facility" and team HQ in Rock Hill, S.C., and new details have "helped provide a little insight on the scope" of Owner David Tepper's plans for the project, according to Jourdan Rodrigue of THE ATHLETIC. Tepper seems to be "working with the assumption that sports betting will become legal in the Carolinas in the short-term." Prospective designs show an entertainment district that would "include hotels, a convention center and extended star establishments, but also gambling and sports betting facilities." The Populous-designed proposal indicates a Charlotte-to-Rock Hill transit system is "currently being revisited by the Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study." The plan also calls for the "construction of residential areas directly connected to the facilities, for players, coaches and employees." Additionally, the proposal "outlines many recreational items," including a "craft brewery, concert venues, up to 227,000 square feet allowed for retail space and an indoor shooting range." At least part of the facility is "scheduled to open" in August '22, which means that the team will "have to either continue to use Wofford College for training camp or find another college/facility until that time." Official groundbreaking on the project "could start after the New Year -- likely in February or March" (THEATHLETIC.com, 11/14).