Tuesday October 3, 2023

Judge Rejects Settlement for Carolina Panthers’ Failed $800M HQ

  • Plans for the facility included a 5,000-seat stadium and indoor practice center.
  • Construction began in 2020 and was halted in March after a missed payment.
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Another setback has unfolded regarding a failed $800 million headquarters and training facility for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers in Rock Hill, South Carolina. 

A federal judge has rejected a settlement plan for GT Real Estate — a development arm controlled by Panthers owner David Tepper — that filed for bankruptcy in June after investing more than $170 million toward the construction of the ill-fated project. 

Two months later, GT Real Estate submitted a plan to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to repay creditors and resolve all claims. The judge refused to approve the plan over third-party releases, which would prevent creditors from pursuing legal claims against third parties. 

  • Plans for the facility included a 5,000-seat stadium and indoor practice center.
  • Construction began in 2020 and was halted in March after a missed payment

In November, Rock Hill agreed to a $20 million settlement with GT Real Estate, which equates to what the city invested. Earlier this month, York County — where Rock Hill is located — agreed to its own $21 million settlement over sales tax money allocated toward the project. 

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NFL owners approved an abundance of items on Wednesday related to the construction of new stadiums and upgrades of current ones.

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Items related to the proposal of a new $2.1 billion stadium for the Tennessee Titans and a $1.4 billion stadium for the Buffalo Bills were approved, sources told Front Office Sports. Owners also sanctioned the extension of the Bills’ lease at their current home, Highmark Stadium.

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