Panthers training camp opens, local officials lobbying to keep it in Spartanburg

Panthers training camp opens, local officials lobbying to keep it in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG, SC (WBTV) - The Carolina Panthers have started their journey that they hope leads to another Super Bowl.

Training Camp officially began Thursday afternoon at Wofford College in Spartanburg. It has been home for the Panthers pre-season camp since the beginning of the franchise.

The Panthers original owner Jerry Richardson went to school at Wofford and that connection kept the training camp there.

New owner David Tepper has no such connection and speculation is that he might move the training camp in the future.

Contracts will keep it where it is through 2019 and local officials in Spartanburg hope it will continue long after that.

"It is a very big deal in Spartanburg," said Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Chris Jennings. "We love this team."

Training camp brings in more than 100,000 visitors every summer and $13.5 million, he said.

Local lawmakers and business leaders are planning to lobby to keep the training camp in town.

"We are hoping Mr. Tepper will take a strong look at Spartanburg," said Jennings.

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