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February 12, 2013

Panthers might build a practice bubble

Somewhere John Fox is smirking.

The former Panthers coach used any rainy day during his nine years as a Charlotte as an avenue to mention the team's need for an indoor practice facility. Now that Fox is in Denver, the Panthers are talking about building a practice bubble.

An indoor facility is fairly far down the priority list on the team's nearly $300 million renovation plan, but it's on there. Panthers president Danny Morrison said Monday the team would like to build it in “close proximity” to Bank of America Stadium, although the Panthers don't own any of the adjacent land.

Fox used to take his team to a private indoor facility in north Charlotte to escape the rain. The Panthers have practiced in a ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center a couple of times in Ron Rivera's two seasons.

The Panthers have $30 million earmarked for an indoor practice facility and other “team areas,” including the locker room, meeting rooms and coaches' offices.

By Morrison’s estimation, the Panthers would use the facility for 10 percent of their practices (Charlotte has an average of 110 days a year with precipitation). Morrison said the team would like to find other partners – youth leagues? – to share the facility.

Morrison would not say whether those leagues or teams would share in the cost.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM | Permalink


lots of college teams have these....and they were paid for by ticket sales....can the panthers not do that?

oh wait, college is getting the athletes for free.

Posted by: big gulps | Feb 12, 2013 1:28:15 PM

Unless they are unc

Posted by: DL | Feb 13, 2013 6:22:54 AM

Nice idea on an Indoor facility, why not on UNCC campus

Posted by: morrison | Feb 13, 2013 2:03:37 PM

The Panthers should move to Knight's Stadium and they could add on to it. Also they could add on to the old Hornet's training center for an indoor practice facility.

Posted by: Deacon | Feb 14, 2013 9:00:04 AM

What's next? Mints on their pillows and soft slippers?

Posted by: Crispy Bacon | Feb 14, 2013 9:33:49 AM

Considering that a majority of NFL teams already have indoor practice facilities, the Panthers would just be keeping up with everyone else by finally getting one. Of course, it's not like the team has really needed on after December, when inclement weather is a problem. If they built one though and opened it up to the public when they didn't use it (such as in the offseason), then it's a win-win in my book.

Posted by: PantherDave | Feb 14, 2013 10:07:42 AM

Considering I can watch their entire practice from the 400 South Tryon building, I can't believe this hasn't been built already. If I were a coach for Tampa, Atlanta, or New Orleans (or New England in the 2 weeks leading to the Superbowl) I would have a permanent room in the Catalyst or Residence Inn with a nice view of practice.

Posted by: JQ | Feb 14, 2013 6:12:36 PM

They can practice at Independence H.S. They can get great exposure with the resident team who's already there!

Posted by: Mr. Konnish | Feb 21, 2013 3:51:48 PM

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