South Carolina Leaders React to Possible Panthers HQ Move

“It really is a big deal. It’s transformational,” says Rock Hill, SC Mayor John Gettys. For Gettys, landing the Panthers headquarters and practice facility would bring more than just bragging rights. “This is something that could change, you know, what the tenor of our community does over the next 30 years,” he says.

Governor Henry McMaster talked about the possibility after meeting with Panthers owner David Tepper in Columbia Wednesday morning. “We believe that this will be a magnet for all sorts of enterprises some associated with football and some not,” McMaster says.

Right now, Rock Hill is a front runner to land the development which would bring a $150 million dollar investment over four years. The development would also include hotels, restaurants, and retail. And a sports medical facility in partnership with Atrium Health. Another possible location being talked about is the area around the old Knights Stadium in Fort Mill. McMaster says Lancaster County is in the mix too.