CHARLOTTE, NC. — York County council is calling a special meeting for next Wednesday for the first vote on incentives for the Panthers new practice facility.
Back in Charlotte, WCCB has learned team owner David Tepper is meeting with stadium architects. Part of his vision for Bank of America Stadium includes a retractable roof.
Tepper met with Bryan Trubey of HKS Architects in Dallas shortly after he bought the team. Some of HKS projects include Lucus Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and the new Rams Stadium in Los Angeles.
“We just had a real informal work session here in our office. Our job was to make him familiar with our portfolio and really begin to understand what his goals were and what it would be like to work with him and his team,” says Trubey.
Trubey says part of the portfolio is a rendering for a translucent roof, like on the Minnesota Vikings stadium. The billionaire businessman has hinted at wanting to add a retractable dome on a new stadium in uptown.
Tepper told Ben Fischer with the Sports Business Journal in July – that won’t happen without taxpayer money or government involvement.
“Operationally it needs help from the city to run major events. By definition it needs to involve the police and public services,” says Fischer.
Upgrades are already underway. The first eight rows on the west end of Bank of America Stadium, nearly 900 seats, gone. Making way for 14 bunker suites. Each can fit 12 people. A source close to the project tells WCCB Charlotte there will be more suites at the other end zone. Trubey thinks Tepper’s vision for the stadium will be like something we’ve never seen before.
“I think David is going for something totally different,” says Trubey.
Trubey would not tell WCCB if he has been in contact with Tepper since or if they are working together.