SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Carolina Panthers and Wofford College have signed a new agreement to keep the team’s training camp at the school, it was jointly announced today (Jan. 12). The new agreement is for five years with options for the future.
Wofford has been the only site the Panthers have ever had as a training camp location. The team began training there in July of 1995 and it is one of the four longest continuous camp locations in the National Football League.
“We are very pleased to continue our long association with Wofford College,” says Panthers President Danny Morrison. “There is a strong bond between the team and the school and we do not think any team has better training camp facilities. It has been a mutually beneficial relationship and we are pleased that it will extend into the future.”
Morrison, who was named president of the Panthers in September, was director of athletics at Wofford when the team selected the school as its training camp site and oversaw a facilities expansion effort that enabled the Terriers to move from Division II athletics to NCAA Division I.
“We are thrilled that Wofford will continue to host the Carolina Panthers training camp,” says Wofford Director of Athletics Richard Johnson. “It affords the Upstate region an opportunity to watch an NFL team practice and provides a much needed economic stimulus to the local economy.
“We continue to be deeply appreciative to the individuals and organizations who helped entice the Panthers to hold training camp at Wofford 15 years ago. The relationship has been very positive for the Spartanburg community, Wofford, and many Panthers fans in the area.”
Wofford is the alma mater of Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson, who played for the Terriers in the 1950s. Richardson was awarded the franchise for the Panthers in 1993 and the school was named the team’s training site afterward.
“There could not be a better place for training camp from a football perspective,” says Panthers general manager Marty Hurney. “The facilities are outstanding and the cooperation from the school is everything you could want. It has been an ideal arrangement.”
The continuous training camp relationship between the Panthers and Wofford will be surpassed by only Pittsburgh (St. Vincent College), Green Bay (St. Norbert College), and Minnesota (Minnesota State – Mankato) in the NFL.