Carolina Panthers: David Tepper has right idea with fan events

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) David Tepper
(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) David Tepper /

Tepper is trying to connect Panthers fans

Ever since David Tepper took over the Carolina Panthers in the off-season, one of his main goals has been to be more accessible and open to the fans. According to a report Wednesday, it sounds like he is working to make sure that goal is achieved.

Per a report from Max Henson and Bill Voth of, Tepper wants to hold more fan events. Let me just say that I am on board with this. I think this is a great move. Especially given the fact that one of his biggest goals was transparency, you can’t get more transparent than an event for the fans. Tepper isn’t planning just one event. He aims to host several events for Panther fans across the state.

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"“‘Two States, One Team’ does not mean we’re in Charlotte all the time or just in Spartanburg. Maybe we should be in Spartanburg; maybe we should have a Fan Fest in Raleigh – something new, how ‘bout that? Maybe down in Columbia – that might be interesting, too. All those options we talk about will be on the table in the future.”"

He has always talked about having the Panthers be a team that bridges the Carolinas, not just North Carolina. Having events like he is describing would do exactly that. The Panthers have such a loyal and passionate fan base that anything Tepper could do to bring them all together and show their support for the team would be great. From what I understand, there has been a sentiment that the Panthers have always been “Charlotte’s Team.” Given the fact that team headquarters are there, that would not be an inaccurate sentiment. Hosting more events for the fans would help put that sentiment to rest.

I like what Tepper is trying to do here. He is trying to get additional fan support and recognizes that fans are a huge part of what this organization is about and what makes it run smoothly. There is nothing better than when as a fan, you feel connected to an organization. You feel like your voice and opinion both matter. That is always a great feeling.

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It will be interesting to see how Tepper makes these events run and what exactly goes along with them. My guess is that they will be taking place in both of the Carolinas. A cookout of some sort or meet-and-greets with Tepper will probably be involved. Whatever it is that the Panthers plan to do, I am sure many of you will be there. There is nothing better than a football atmosphere with your friends and fans by your side.