Panthers owner jokes (we think) about roof over stadium

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When you’ve got the kind of money Panthers owner David Tepper does, no whim is necessarily out of reach.

Tepper was chatting the other day after a charity appearance at Bank of America Stadium, when the topic of his facilities came up. And he casually made a remark that would make a big change in his adopted city’s skyline.

“What I would love, if we could ever do it and get people to support it,” he said, via Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer, “is to put some sort of roof on here and have a Final Four in North Carolina. . . . I love that idea. It drives me nuts.”

He was mostly joking. We think. When he starts talking, sometimes he can’t help himself. (And “get people to support it” also sounds like code for “get other people to help pay for it.”)

He also has more pressing capital projects regarding his football team. They plan to create some kind of indoor bubble over their three practice fields next to the stadium, as a temporary fix until they build an off-site practice facility. He also plans to update/renovate the stadium, but a roof would be the kind of big-ticket, long-range fix that seems mostly just a daydream.

He was serious about getting more use out of his stadium. He has openly pined for an MLS team, and mentioned concerts and other events as well.

“There are a lot of things we can be and will be doing for the community, to use this stadium more,” he said. “It shouldn’t just be an eight, 10-game event. . . . We probably will be expanding that in one way or another.

“Some of these things take a little bit of time. . . . Listen, I would love to have the [Rolling] Stones here. I would love to have the Stones here. But we couldn’t do it at this point. We’ll look to have some concerts in here. Some of these things are planned out in advance — we are looking now into how to. I don’t know if there is anything additional planned, but there is a lot of stuff on the table.”

And when you’re worth more than $11 billion, you can have bigger plans.

11 responses to “Panthers owner jokes (we think) about roof over stadium

  1. More NFL teams should adopt European soccer stadium style in that you have roof coverings for the stands so fans have more shade and don’t get wet when it rains. You also have the benefit of it amplifying noise. What the Dolphins did with their stadium is perfect and what more teams should look to do.

  2. I think there will be time where all stadiums are domed to compete for these big events. Just leaving too much money out there by not doing it. Every game will be held in climate controlled facilities and snow games will be thing of the past.

  3. Why does this seem so impossible? The stadium has the same essential footprint as the old Joe Robbie stadium in Miami that is now the Hard Rock with a full roof over the stands. Shouldn’t be that hard to do an enclosure around the stadium in Charlotte. I guess it’s all about the Benjamin’s, but that didn’t stop Stephen Ross from doing it himself.

  4. “More NFL teams should adopt European soccer stadium style in that you have roof coverings for the stands so fans have more shade and don’t get wet when it rains.”

    “I think there will be time where all stadiums are domed to compete for these big events.”

    “Every stadium in the NFL should have some sort of a roof”
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    Excellent points here. About time for all NFL stadiums to move to the 21 century.

  5. All very good ideas, the problem is that billionaires don’t like to spend their own money. And a lot of cities are strapped for cash, so they wont approve millions of tax payers money to go in to some billionaires vision for making more money.

  6. What Miami did was unique and WORKS. It held up very well with some pretty fierce storms down there. I can see several other stadiums adopting this model. Only cost 350 million and you dont have to build another new facility.

  7. I say tear down every stadium and rebuild them in the European Soccer model AND have the local tax payers pay for it, not the owners.

    The sun shield makes sense in Miami. In Greenbay in December the heat from the sun is less of a problem.

  8. Only cost 350 million and you dont have to build another new facility.
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    Only 350 million. HA!

    That’s 25 million more than Gillette stadium cost Robert Kraft to build in 2001 (opened in 2002). Only 350 million for a canopy.

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