Report: Panthers Asking City for up to $212 Million for Stadium Upgrades & MLS HQ

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There are conflicting reports about the Carolina Panthers and a possible multi-million dollar request to bring Major League Soccer to the Queen City.

Reports say City Council talked about the request in closed session on Monday.

“He has to assure Major League Soccer that he has a stadium that is up to standards for soccer, not just football,” explains Erik Spanberg, with the Charlotte Business Journal.

Spanberg, citing sources, says Tepper wants $110 million to $212 million for upgrades to the stadium, along with an MLS team HQ and practice facility.

Panthers team president Tom Glick went on the record about MLS on Monday.

“We continue to be in very close contact with the commissioner’s office. There’s no timetable. But we’re very confident in our candidacy,” Glick said.

Tepper has said he wants to build a new stadium with a dome within 10 years. Spanberg says in the meantime this could be a stop-gap measure.

“He’s asked South Carolina for some help and gotten it. Now he’s coming to the city and asking for help. And that would set-up a final, larger request for that domed stadium,” Spanberg says.

The city kicked in millions for stadium upgrades in 2013, as part of a deal to keep the team in Charlotte.

Money for more upgrades could come from the tourism tax.

The city says council members can’t talk about the closed session, to protect privacy.

There will have to be a public hearing before any votes take place.