CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When it rains in Charlotte or freezing weather makes conditions treacherous, the Carolina Panthers often turn to a convention center ballroom in uptown as their practice home. Players walk through formations, but are unable to go full speed.
This is unusual by NFL standards — and Panthers owner David Tepper made it clear this week he wants to avoid another season without a viable indoor practice center.
His solution: Putting up an inflatable dome to cover an existing artificial turf field at the team’s 7-acre practice center uptown. There are two natural grass fields next to the artificial turf field. Inflatable domes require artificial turf fields.
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