Despite new ownership, the Carolina Panthers aren’t expected to find a new home anytime soon…
The Carolina Panthers have undergone a significant amount of change since last season, including a new owner. David Tepper recently completed his sole purchase of the franchise from founder and previous owner, Jerry Richardson. The move came as a result of workplace misconduct allegations against the former owner which were substantiated by an NFL investigation and lead to a sizable fine for the Panthers initial owner.
While other legal implications may result from fallout surrounding the initial NFL investigation, there are other concerns for both fans and members of the Charlotte community. Despite recent upgrades to the facility, Bank of America Stadium remains one of the older stadiums in the league and it seems almost every professional sports entity is always pushing for the biggest and best new stadium.
Fortunately, it appears that the recent modifications to the stadium will keep Carolina playing in familiar territory for the at least the immediate future. Tepper recently held his first official press conference as the sole owner of the Panthers and veteran Charlotte Observer correspondent, Scott Fowler, offered the following comments about projections for a new stadium.
"“As long as Tepper doesn’t get into a big political fight with Charlotte politicians. I think the stadium — as well as the permanent-seat license holders who have bought their same seats for decades in that stadium — are safe for the near future.”"
This is great news for both fans of the Panthers and especially those individuals who have purchased Personal Seat Licenses (PSLs) in the current stadium. According to the initial question, Fowler believes the Panthers will call Bank of America Stadium home for at least another 10 years – updates included.
A prolonging of playing in the current stadium, provided some type of agreement can be met between the city and franchise, is likely best for all parties involved. While many would appreciate seeing upgrades made to potentially host a Super Bowl in Charlotte, these are unlikely, but don’t discount the potential for other areas of improvement.
Tepper hasn’t been the sole owner of the Panthers for long but it is obvious his intentions are currently in the best interest of the fans, players and his employees.