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Old 01-10-2018, 09:08 AM
 
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Panthers need to stay in the path of light rail transport. Pineville rejected the line coming through with a stop near the mall (which cut Ballantyne out). I believe they felt it would bring crime to the area. Not faulting them one way or the other, but public transport to our pro teams/stadiums should be a requirement.
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:20 AM
 
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Panthers need to stay in the path of light rail transport. Pineville rejected the line coming through with a stop near the mall (which cut Ballantyne out). I believe they felt it would bring crime to the area. Not faulting them one way or the other, but public transport to our pro teams/stadiums should be a requirement.
I was just thinking the same thing -- that, if they're are going to build a stadium outside of Uptown, they should pick a site along the Blue Line. There are a number of areas along the Blue Line extension that seem ripe for development and have plenty of room for a stadium.
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:24 AM
 
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The article is a load of balderdash, only a small part is in Sc, see this from SCRA.

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This news story says a new Carolina Panthers stadium could be built in the Carowinds area. Their geography is a little off. The property actually is on the other side of I-77 inside the Pineville town limits. It more accurately would be called the "Pineville area." The property is north of Hwy 51 and east of Nations Ford Road. Take Carowinds Blvd south past I-77 until it changes to US Hwy 21. Take a left on Hwy 51 towards Pineville. When you see the flea market on the right, the Jim Miller farm buildings will be on the left. It's over 95% in NC with a little corner in SC. Although the Miller family owns 220 acres in this area, the area shown in the story is 140 acres, with 133 in NC and 7 in SC - not half in SC as the reporter suggested. The other 80 acres is to the northeast, contiguous to this property but not forming a compact area. They'd probably have to buy additional properties. Access might be a problem. Having thousands of cars head through downtown Pineville after a game would be a mess. Road improvements for access from I-77 would be a must.
Money, money, money. Build in the suburbs like this and, yes, a bunch of road improvements/new roads will be required -- just so the team owners get their fantasy of a domed stadium with space for 20,000 cars to park so they can bank a bunch more cash. Tax payers build them a stadium, tax payers build more roads to get to the stadium, team owners reap all the rewards.
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Old 01-10-2018, 11:51 AM
 
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I think it's interesting that the supposedly "local group that wants to keep the Panthers in Charlotte!!" is pushing for a new suburban stadium (well hypothetically it may not need to be suburban if there is space closer-in along the Blue Line extension).

But I guess that's still better than an outside owner wanting to move them to a completely different market.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:21 PM
 
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I think it's interesting that the supposedly "local group that wants to keep the Panthers in Charlotte!!" is pushing for a new suburban stadium (well hypothetically it may not need to be suburban if there is space closer-in along the Blue Line extension).

But I guess that's still better than an outside owner wanting to move them to a completely different market.
True, if they build a new stadium on that farm in the news report, it wouldn't technically be in Charlotte, but right across the road (Nations Ford Road) from the city, maybe the city will annex it from Pineville!
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:51 PM
 
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Assuming the expansion rate of Charlotte continues, the outskirts will also be "the city" by the time the new stadium is approved and finished...
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