David Tepper says he won’t buy his own stadium

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Panthers owner David Tepper takes a “when in Rome” approach to his desire to find a new colosseum for his football team.

I don’t build a stadium alone, Tepper said on Tuesday, via the Associated press. “The community is going to have to want it. If I am [paying] a third, the community is [paying] a third party and possibly in the future, and that could be a long way, the owners of PSL are [paying] a third is a partnership. And if people don’t want it, they don’t want it. I’m not going to force it on anyone.

He won’t have to impose it on anyone. He’ll just have to move the team to a place where people want him.

Tepper didn’t say it, because he didn’t have to. “At some point, that building will collapse,” Tepper said of the team’s current stadium, which opened in 1996. Before that, Tepper will build a new one. Whether in Charlotte or elsewhere will depend on if and where he can find a place that allows him to pay only 33.3 cents on every dollar.

For now, one thing is clear: if the next stadium is built in Charlotte, it will not have a roof.

“There’s no way in hell that I’m building a domed stadium in Charlotte, especially after COVID,” Tepper said.

Time will tell if Tepper’s comment will eventually become, “There’s no way I’m building a stadium in Charlotte.” Ultimately, it depends on the willingness of Charlotte and her citizens to donate 66.6 cents.


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