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Carolina Panthers plan to build team HQ, practice facility in SC

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COLUMBIA — The Carolina Panthers are planning to build a team headquarters building and practice facility in York County just over the state line from its Charlotte stadium, giving South Carolina a bigger role in the region’s only pro football franchise.

The organization that bills itself as the NFL team for both Carolinas is actively looking for a Palmetto State site large enough for its needs as well as development of neighboring hotels, restaurants, stores and residences, two sources with knowledge confirmed to The Post and Courier.

One location under serious consideration is an 80-acre site of the former Knights Stadium and Charlotte Hornets practice facility off Interstate 77 in Fort Mill, 15 miles south of the Panthers stadium in downtown Charlotte. There’s talk of extending a light rail line from Charlotte into York County as part of the project.

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Good to see us finally incorporate S.C. more. With them we’re not a small-market team 

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There is no way that the lesser Carolina can afford to pay for this out of pocket. Need to have the SC taxpayers foot the bill. 

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Tep wasting no time upgrading this team. Its crazy how outdated this team is as organization compared to the rest of the league. 

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9 minutes ago, 4Corners said:

There is no way that the lesser Carolina can afford to pay for this out of pocket. Need to have the SC taxpayers foot the bill. 

The owners should be paying for their facilities and stadiums anyway. SC is more of a football state than NC which is basketball country. Williams-Brice stadium in Columbia seats more people than BOA stadium. Even though SC is smaller there is quite a large following there and the Panthers probably wouldn't be where they are without the support of "the lesser Carolina".

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20 minutes ago, 4Corners said:

There is no way that the lesser Carolina can afford to pay for this out of pocket. Need to have the SC taxpayers foot the bill. 

With all the jobs coming to the 'lesser' Carolina from NC, that shouldn't be a problem.

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1 minute ago, blackcat said:

With all the jobs coming to the 'lesser' Carolina from NC, that shouldn't be a problem.

I’m sure all those blue collar, mill and plant workers with GEDs can afford to visit BOA stadium. 

My point is that I’d like to see little Carolina contribute fiscally to the team and organization. 

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As much as I'd like to make some off-handed joke about SC, this move by Tepper makes perfect business sense, as it will theoretically get South Carolinians (from the lawmakers to budding or potential fans) more engaged with the franchise.

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