Some members of the Carolina Panthers visited the South Carolina Statehouse Thursday as lawmakers consider incentives to get the team to put a practice facility in the Palmetto state.
Head coach Ron Rivera along with current and former members of the team met with Governor Henry McMaster and posed for photos. Team mascot Sir Purr was also there as they all gathered in the house gallery.
it wasn’t exactly a pep rally, but more of an effort to convince some reluctant lawmakers to support the bill that provides about $120M in incentives for the team. Rivera repeated the Panthers slogan of “Two states, one team” and said owner David Tepper’s vision includes more than just a football practice facility across the state line.
Coach Rivera says “He wants to bring a state of the art facility that’s not just about football but about the business opportunities around the community that we’re going to be at.”
But State Senator Dick Harpootlian has said he wants to see an analysis of the costs and benefits of the incentive legislation. “Before we start spending tens of millions of dollars of our money, we need answers to that, and again, I haven’t committed to vote against it or for it.” Said Sen. Harpootlian. “I don’t know what the numbers are.”