Panthers file request for big changes to Uptown practice facility

The Carolina Panthers are eyeing a major expansion to replace the old training field bubble near Bank of America Stadium.

According to planning documents filed by the Panthers, the team wants to build a new fieldhouse and training facilities on its property at 325 S. Cedar Street. Channel 9 has previously reported that the team wanted to make changes to its Uptown practice site, but the new documents provide more insight into what the team envisions.

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The rezoning site plan would let the Panthers allow up to 5,000 people with temporary seating outside for events like Training Camp. The documents add that the development could include temporary space for a “restaurant/bar,” retail stores, food trucks, and lodging for special events.

Erik Spanberg closely follows the team for the “Charlotte Business Journal.”

“When you see further investment in and around Uptown, that tells you that the Panthers have all eyes on this area,” Spanberg said.

The zoning documents say the team wants to develop on about 12 acres of land. It says the proposed uses include “practice/training Facilities and fieldhouse facilities; indoor seating for sports and events/performances viewing on a periodic basis and up to 5,000 seats for such uses outdoors on a periodic basis.”

While the Panthers haven’t officially announced the full scope of the project --an article shared by the team in December hinted at modifications for “community opportunities.”

The Carolina Panthers sent a statement to Channel 9 on Wednesday, saying: “The rezoning filing is a necessary step as we work through the strategic vision for our facilities. It will enable us to pursue enhancements and modifications to the practice fields with the goal of constructing a field house for football operations and community opportunities like Training Camp.”

The team said it’s not a public facility but it could be used by the public for certain events like Training Camp.

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