The 2006 Carolina Panthers Training Camp was the largest to date, with 25,785 attendees. That is more than the 23,785 in 2004 and the 21,094 in 2005.
“Training camp is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our community,” says Jules Bryant ’93, executive director of the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Certainly our restaurants hosted these visitors and in some case the players and coaches. We appreciate the Spartanburg community and their hospitality toward the Panther family and their fans.”
Mike Shetterly ’93, chairman of Team Spartanburg, the sports council of the Spartanburg CVB, says, “We analyzed the economic impact in 2004 and the impact was over $750,000. Because that attendance record was broken this year, we are probably approaching a million dollars in economic impact for 2006. This analysis doesn’t even factor intangible benefits such as the regional and national press that the community receives. This is particularly true when the Panthers are coming off of a highly successful season where the team is receiving a large share of the media’s attention.”