COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – The Carolina Panthers may soon be across the state line!
Governor Henry McMaster on Wednesday announced two spots are being heavily considered as the new home of the Panthers operations.
Owner of the Carolina Panthers, David Tepper arrived at the governor’s mansion just after 8:30 Wednesday morning.
The topic of discussion: the future of the NFL team here in South Carolina.
“This is the type of thing we’ve done here before in South Carolina, bringing exciting new ventures – whether it’s manufacturing or other things to Couth Carolina,” said Gov. McMaster. “This is an opportunity we’re working on now with Mr. Dave Tepper.”
Tepper and Gov. McMaster are proposing relocating 150 Carolina Panthers employees from Charlotte to a spot in the Palmetto State.
“The employees would be the football players and all the staff would be employees of South Carolina,” said Rep. Murrell Smith of Sumter. “The Panthers would be headquartered in South Carolina, so this is a big win.”
But before this transition can take place, legislation must be passed to define what a professional sports team is here in South Carolina.
“The Panthers aren’t asking for something. They’re givers not takers, but they need to be treated like any other business. Defining those terms as far as tax credits and what goes with that type of legislation—this really defines a professional sports team and the privileges that go with that,” said Rep. Gary Simrill of York County.
Bills have been filed in both the House and Senate to lay the groundwork for this move to happen.
Right now, Panthers owner David Tepper is eyeing York and Lancaster counties as the future home for the Panthers team.
Both counties are less than 50 miles away from Charlotte where the Panthers play their big games.
Governor McMaster said the relocation would also come with an investment of $150 million over 4 years to build a state of the art medical facility.