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Carolina Panthers, Lowe’s to renovate West Charlotte High School football stadium

Carolina Panthers mascot, Sir Purr, gathers with cheerleaders at West Charlotte High School on Sept. 9, 2014. The school is getting a new synthetic turf football field, thanks in part to a $200,000 grant from the Carolina Panthers through the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program. The team is partnering with Mooresville-based Lowe’s to work on the project.
Carolina Panthers mascot, Sir Purr, gathers with cheerleaders at West Charlotte High School on Sept. 9, 2014. The school is getting a new synthetic turf football field, thanks in part to a $200,000 grant from the Carolina Panthers through the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program. The team is partnering with Mooresville-based Lowe’s to work on the project. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

The Carolina Panthers are partnering with Mooresville-based Lowe’s Home Improvement on a renovation project at West Charlotte High School that includes a new football field, athletic track and landscaping.

The effort is part of a $200,000 NFL Grassroots field grant the Panthers made to the high school two years ago, said Riley Fields, the team’s director of community relations. The gift also covers the cost of a new synthetic turf football field.

As part of the effort this week, 40 Lowe’s volunteers are joining Sir Purr and the TopCats in a day of service Thursday starting at 9 a.m. to facilitate renovations to the locker room, restrooms and concessions stand, according to a statement Tuesday. A team of over 150 Lowe’s employees will have worked on the improvements throughout the whole week, Lowe’s said.

The new concession stand will allow the West Charlotte Booster Club to prep and serve food at football games. Previously, the school had food trucks come by during games.

The volunteers Thursday will also be helping with landscaping, including adding gravel and plants. The upgraded facilities will be unveiled at a special dedication event Aug. 24, Lowe’s said.

Fields said the Panthers are also donating a $200,000 NFL Grassroots field grant for the construction of a new synthetic football at field at Smoky Mountain High School, which is about three hours west of Charlotte, in Jackson County. The dedication of that field will be Aug. 24.

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