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Panthers want 125 Million in taxpayer money.

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What about older fans?? My father has issues with his hip and knees and often bitches his way up those long winding ramps. Probably easier for someone who just walks down to the field with his camera.

Offer hoverround rentals on gamedays!

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ok so $125 million, that cant be just for a video board and escalators. Anyone have an Idea what else they have in mind?

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I traveled to two Panters games in Sept (NO and NYG) from Germany. Flight with US Airways to Charlotte Airport, seven nights in a Charlotte Hotel, 7 times lunch, 7 times dinner, 7 days rental car, 2 gas fillings, 2 trips to the malls, 2 tickets for the game, 2 times gameday parking, spendings at the team store and several minor spendings. Generated a lot of taxes, all just because there are the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. Would not have made the trip without the Panthers. Supported store-, business-, restaurant-, rental car-, gas station-, parking-, airport-, hotel- and Carolina Panthers-employees with my trip. Nuff said?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_welfare

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ok so $125 million, that cant be just for a video board and escalators. Anyone have an Idea what else they have in mind?

They are going to have high def banners that wrap around the entire stadium and putting in wi-fi are two things I know of off the top of my head.

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guys, look at this for what it really is. Do you think that tax disappears when the renovations are fully paid for? LOL of course not. After the Stadium renovations are paid for, which prolly wont be more than a couple of years imo, the tax money will then goto the city for schools, roads etc. I dont mind it one bit.

Or streetcars that serve no real purpose than people saying, "look honey! A trolley!"

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Or streetcars that serve no real purpose than people saying, "look honey! A trolley!"

Infrastructure

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Make it $250 mill and I am in.

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Wow the people who bring up schools and teacher pay raises in arguments against pro sports have no clue about running a business or simple economics. you bring in millions in revenue= you get paid millions.

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Just about every city pays for sports stadiums/ball parks/arenas/etc. Panthers stadium is one of the few that the city only contributed $60 million towards the stadium and JR raised the rest himself (mainly through PSLs).

People that think this is a bad deal just don't get it. Look what happened when Charlotte refused to build the Hornets a new stadium; how about Bruton Smith? There are a gazillion cities that would do anything to get a pro team and what JR is asking for us very, very reasonable.

Whine all you want but if you don't like it good luck finding a team that doesn't ask the city for $.

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