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Panthers bill passes

Posted April 11, 2013

Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina prior to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

— The bill that will allow Charlotte to use a pair of tourism taxes to pay for upgrades at Bank of America Stadium, where the Carolina Panthers play, is now law.

Senators passed the measure 45-0 Thursday.

"Sports and entertainment are big part of the North Carolina economy," said Sen. Malcolm Graham, D-Mecklenburg.

The measure got little debate on the Senate floor, other than an inquiry if the city's legislative delegation stood behind the measure.

In the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday, House sponsors of the measure emphasized that it would not spend any state money and did not raise any local taxes. Rather, the measure allows the city to redirect funds from a food and beverage tax and a hotel occupancy tax toward either upgrades at the stadium or amateur sports facilities. The city owns the land under the Panthers' stadium.

While the deal would allow for some public funding of upgrades at the stadium, it falls far short of the money team officials and the city originally sought.



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  • wral mods blow close my account Apr 11, 2013

    Vote all 45 of them out!

  • randrmomanddad Apr 11, 2013

    HA HA HA......Panthers are going to be in North Carolina for a long time.!

  • mhazouri Apr 11, 2013

    45-0. Amazing.

  • Barely Apr 11, 2013

    ... Did they not see how much Richardson makes?

  • goncampn2 Apr 11, 2013

    Quote:"In the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday, House sponsors of the measure emphasized that it would not spend any state money and did not raise any local taxes. Rather, the measure allows the city to redirect funds from a food and beverage tax and a hotel occupancy tax toward either upgrades at the stadium or amateur sports facilities"
    A tax on food and beverage will affect residents of Charlotte unless someone can explain to me how it won't!! Sports teams should pay their own way in my opinion not the residents of the state or city involved!

  • randrmomanddad Apr 11, 2013

    Good Job Senate....Glad to see your doing a Wonderful job

  • driverkid3 Apr 11, 2013

    Why don't these people pay for their own stadium instead of taking it out of the pockets of other people? It's not like they don't have the money to do it.

  • dmccall Apr 11, 2013

    I have a business, and if the State of NC doesn't pay me enough to renovate my office, who knows...I just might move this business to California and leave the citizens without my services. A precedent has been set. Unreal.

  • gordonbabe Apr 11, 2013

    Glad to see the Senate agrees 45-0; I guess sports & tourism matter more than anything else

  • iron fist Apr 11, 2013

    The losers will not get a dime of my money