RALEIGH Charlotte city officials and tourism leaders on Wednesday continued their push to get the state to help finance an upgrade of Bank of America Stadium for the Carolina Panthers.
Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority CEO Tom Murray, and Mohammad Jenatian, president of the Hospitality & Tourism Alliance, met with House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and other lawmakers.
“We are continuing to show strong local support from the city and the hospitality industry” for the Panthers, Kimble said.
The team is asking the state for $62.5 million toward a stadium upgrade estimated at around $250 million. The team and the city of Charlotte are also asking lawmakers to allow the city to raise the prepared food tax from 1 percent to 2 percent.
A spokesman for Tillis declined to comment on the visit Wednesday. He pointed to last week’s joint statement by Tillis and Berger in which they described talks with the team as “ongoing and productive.”
“They have strongly indicated their support to keeping the Panthers in North Carolina,” Kimble said.
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