Panthers News: Ambitious Rock Hill HQ plans seek approval

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(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) David Tepper
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) David Tepper /

Panthers News: Carolina has submitted their incredible plans for a new headquarters in Rock Hill, which will seek approval from planning committee officials today.

Rock Hill’s Planning Committee will decide whether to approve the Carolina Panthers’ stunning plans for a new headquarters in the region later today.

The franchise has been working with Charlotte-based firm LandDesign on the site, which is one of the most ambitious projects in NFL history and will see the team move their base from North to South Carolina.

Council officials will vote on the proposal after plans were formally submitted for review recently. The main focus of the site will be a training facility that consists of a practice facility almost 640,000-square-foot in size.

But that’s not all. The Panthers are also planning to construct a sports and entertainment venue 110,000-square-foot in size. Should the plans be approved, it will be a significant boost for the region’s economy and the franchise has already received a tax incentive agreement to make the move.

Speaking via video message to local media, Mayor John Gettys had this to say on the application process.

"“Though it was a long process, this agreement is a shining example of how we can work together to do great things for our community. The Panthers have much more than a headquarters building planned. They are looking toward a full-scale, mixed-use development complete with healthcare facility, apartments, hotel, trails, retail and restaurants. The investment we’ll see, jobs created and amenities we’ll all be able to take advantage of, makes this one of the most significant economic development projects Rock Hill and York County will ever see.”"

Once approved, the first phase of the development will center around a new road network leading to the team headquarters and practice site. This is expected to be in place around 2023 providing further delays emerging from Covid-19 do not transpire.

Attention will then turn to spectator seating, media space, and facilities for players and coaching staff. There will also be an indoor field constructed as part of their practice facility in addition to 13,000 feet of new public streets.

The video conference meeting will be shown live on Zoom for any Panthers’ fans that wish to tune in. Anyone wishing to do so can visit this link at 6pm.

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This is an incredibly exciting project that further highlights the lofty ambitions of team owner David Tepper. He has worked tirelessly to get the development off the ground and it is going to transform the franchise, at least off the field.