Panthers' HQ complex gains ground as team owner nears deal for 200-acre site

Panthers' HQ complex gains ground as team owner nears deal for 200-acre site

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is nearing a deal to buy the 200-acre site owned by the Hutchison family in Rock Hill targeted for the NFL franchise's $200 million headquarters and training complex, a team spokesman told CBJ on Thursday afternoon. The Panthers statement followed an assertion by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster earlier Thursday that the property sale was already done.

A sale agreement has been reached in principle but not executed, the Panthers spokesman said.

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McMaster shared the slightly premature news with reporters after participating in an economic development conversation with his North Carolina counterpart, Roy Cooper, as part of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance fall retreat.

Several times Thursday, McMaster referenced the Panthers' headquarters move as an example of how South Carolina and North Carolina can work together more often, particularly in the Charlotte region. Tepper has expanded the "two states, one team" vision of Panthers founder Jerry Richardson with the Rock Hill headquarters agreement.

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