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Tepper asking the city of Charlotte to pay for MLS stadium

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15 hours ago, Bartin said:

Tarps don’t cost $100-200M. I’m wondering why he needs that much money for soccer specific renovations. What else could the stadium need that’s specific to soccer?

They sent out a survey earlier in the year to PSL owners regarding the Panthers and gauging MLS interest.  In that survey, some of the questions pertained to different seating sections for both Panthers and MLS games, adding 'party decks', boxes, etc.  I'm guessing those, along with a roof, would warrant the $100-200 ask.

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46 minutes ago, PghPanther said:

I'm telling you if this current owner doesn't get what he wants like a roof over BoA he will take this team and walk..................and I say good riddance........

There..........how's that for a bellyaching post?

I don't think he will walk.  The region supports the team too well for him to move it.

Good job on the bellyaching!

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4 hours ago, ARSEN said:

Soccer and NFL fields are different sizes.  It will likely require destroying part of cement sitting on each side and replacing it with foldable sitting so people do not lose PSL seats.  

NFL field is about 53 yards wide and soccer field should be 70-80 yards wide.  So BofA field need to be widened by about 20 yards.  

Soccer players hate playing on NFL fields as 22 players are compacted into much smaller area.  It negatively impacts the game and fan experience.

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There is plenty of width there already to have a full size field. The dimensions in this picture look to be around 75 yards wide.

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2 hours ago, PghPanther said:

You never saw an owner in motorsports ask for public funding.

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Since 1960, Charlotte Motor Speedway has played host twice a year to NASCAR's premier series. But according to track owner Bruton Smith, he is strongly considering moving one of the track's two dates to a different facility.

In an interview with WBTV, Smith, the president of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., said there is a 70 percent chance he will move Charlotte's traditional fall date to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one of eight NASCAR tracks he owns.

Smith has long sought a second race for his Las Vegas track and has openly campaigned NASCAR to award the speedway another event. However, with the Sprint Cup Series calendar full at 36, races plus two exhibition events, NASCAR has continually declined his request.

"I've been having some strong conversations about one of these events being moved," Smith told WBTV. "And Las Vegas is a great place -- it's the entertainment capital of the world -- and they want another event."

But while Smith may sound serious about shifting a race out of the hub of NASCAR, this by all measures is just more bluster in an attempt to obtain additional public funding. He has been in a protracted battle -- public and legal -- with Cabarrus County, where the Concord, N.C., track is located.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed by Smith against the city and county stemming from a contract he claimed officials reneged on to make infrastructure improvements. He says that while this issue does center on money, this latest news shouldn't be construed as a "threat, per se."

"Some of your dear friends over at Cabarrus County are gonna say 'Is he? Is he? Is he?' Well... he may," Smith said. "Someone once said 'follow the money.' Well, if we do this, we will be following the money because, here again, there's a lot of money in Las Vegas.

"And if it gets to be strong enough, I imagine we might do something like that."

 

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12 minutes ago, djp14 said:

 

That was funding for the improvements not of the speedway facility but of the transportation infrastructure around the area .......aka roads. So technically not asking for money for their facility.

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Tepper could threaten to leave Charlotte, but honestly, where else would he go? Could the tax base in South Carolina support it alone? Probably not. 

If anything the money should come from a regional coalition.  If it's TWO STATES, ONE TEAM, then two states should be involved.  

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29 minutes ago, Moose Hoover said:

They should play indoor in the ballroom

Get a MASL franchise, put 'em in Bojangles Coliseum, and call it good.

 

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For the most part, I don't care how it comes to be, I just think it needs to happen.

Charlotte is too ripe a market (in terms of demographics) to not have the MLS. That thing will pop here. Plus I love soccer, so it's a win for me.

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I figured out a way that I would support "giving" Tepper the money.

Give it to him, but instead of it being a gift, it's more of a loan.  Say 9% APR.

 

I could get behind that.

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On 9/24/2019 at 2:32 PM, Nails said:

Like hell it would.  The Bears and Chicago Fire play in Soldier Field, originally built in 1924.  Building a $2 billion stadium would create a fierce backlash among Panther fans, utterly enraging taxpayers and PSL owners losing their investments. 

Chicago Fire just got sold and wasnt playing in Soldier Field.  The old owners tried to get a meet stadium in the north side. When that failed they decide to sale and the new owners are moving the team to Soldier field. 

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