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Panthers owner Tepper says new practice facility a priority

7/11/2018 10:34:18 AM
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During his introductory press conference on Tuesday, new Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper indicated a new practice facility is in the works, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Tepper said a "top priority" will be the construction of a new practice facility.

"Being one of the few places that doesn't have a new practice field, obviously we're in need," he said.

The Panthers currently practice at an open-air facility that has two natural grass fields and one turf field, adjacent to Bank of America Stadium. There is no cover for rain, and at times in poor conditions the team has had to work out in the Charlotte Convention Center a few blocks away.

Tepper added that moving the practice fields elsewhere clears room for other development. Some teams have added more parking or entertainment districts, and both increase revenue.

"There is other development (opportunity) here," Tepper said. "We do (need to) move the practice field somewhere other than right next to the stadium. ... You do open up a lot of area for development."

Other organizations have built state-of-the-art facilities in a location separate from their stadium, including the Dallas Cowboys' "Star," a multi-use facility in Frisco, Texas.

The Observer reported last month that Tepper's team has been mulling the idea of a covered practice facility just over the state line in South Carolina. Tepper remarked several times that he wanted to continue the legacy of the Panthers belonging to both states, so moving the practice fields seems like a logical option.

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