Carolina Panthers: David Tepper begins goal of new team facilities
The Carolina Panthers owner wants to get his facility vision rolling.
The Carolina Panthers are already beginning to look at finding a new home for the team., A report was written by Andy Shain of the Columbia Post and Courier on Wednesday stating that Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is scheduled to meet with South Carolina governor Henry McMaster this week about team headquarters and a new practice facility in York County.
As Shain notes, York County has been discussed as a potential destination for a new practice facility for years.
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It seems like we have been talking about a new practice facility for years now. The fact that something is being done about it is great. Having the team being more located in the middle of the Carolinas would be a great thing for the fan base. Too often, it feels like the fans in North and South Carolina are separated. Now, they can all come together at a central location. This will particularly be helpful come training camp. That is an opportunity for fans to be able to watch the Carolina Panthers for free. Unfortunately, this probably means ending the partnership with Wofford College in Spartanburg.
The ending of Spartanburg may be bittersweet for some fans. Fans always liked Spartanburg for its closeness to the action and the ability to feel like they can get as close to the players as possible. However, Spartanburg was something that Jerry Richardson was attached to so I can definitely understand why David Tepper would want to make a place of his own. This is a new era of Carolina Panthers football. Let’s just hope the second season is better than the first.
It will be interesting to see what is going to come of the practice facility. Tepper obviously has a vision on how he wants it built and how much space the practice facility should have. If he can get the practice facility done in the next couple seasons, that would certainly be big. That way, he can have something that he can call his own. Furthermore, the Carolina Panthers can have something that the players and coaching staff will be proud of. They should have something that they look forward to and take pride in.
These meetings are the first step in making the practice facility a reality. My guess is that not much will probably come from this particular one. Tepper is probably just going to lay the vision and groundwork ideas that he has for it. Who knows, it may not be feasible at all. At the end of the day, and no matter the results of this set of initial meetings, the fact that Tepper wants new facilities and his desire to get them done cannot be ignored.