David Tepper‘s purchase of the Carolina Panthers went through on Monday, and the new owner will now begin running the franchise’s day-to-day operations.
One of those could at some point be the construction of a new stadium. But Tepper shot down any rumors he would move the Panthers to another city. Additionally, the new owner would prefer a new venue to be in Charlotte, where the team’s played since 1996.
“What’s the name of the team?’ It’s gonna stay the Carolina Panthers,” Tepper said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “Charlotte is a logical place for a stadium. As far as a new stadium, you’re asking me too much.”
A part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tepper bought the Panthers for $2.275 billion. His comments represent the further support for the Panthers’ status quo. Reports earlier this year did not indicate Tepper was planning near-future changes to the coaching staff.
“There’s a great team down there right now,” Tepper said. “Sometimes it’s better to do nothing than something. You want to be very careful when you do anything. The first thing I care about is winning. The second thing I care about is winning. The third thing I care about is?“