Panthers evacuating Charlotte for DNC

May, 31, 2012
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The Democratic National Convention is coming to Charlotte in early September and the Carolina Panthers are planning to leave town.

They’re going to head to Tampa and practice there while the convention goes on in Charlotte from Sept. 3-6. That makes plenty of sense because Bank of America Stadium, which includes the team’s practice facility, will be in use as one of the convention venues.

Tampa is host to the Republican National Convention, but that will be over by the time the Panthers arrive in town. The Republican National Convention will be held Aug. 27-30.

Tampa is a logical choice for the Panthers because they will open the regular season there against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 9. The Panthers haven’t said where exactly they’ll be working out in Tampa, but I think you can rule out One Buccaneer Place because the Bucs will be using that. The University of South Florida practice facility could be a possibility. The University of Tampa used to host the Buccaneers during training camp. There also are some nice high school facilities in Tampa. It’s also possible the Panthers could look to use a facility in some of the neighboring communities around Tampa Bay.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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