Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 1/29/13
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- When Charlotte landed a National Football League franchise 20 years ago, city leaders were ecstatic, calling it a critical step in putting North Carolina's largest city on the map. It seemed that the city's explosive growth -- when it became a major financial industry center -- coincided with the rise of the Panthers. But now the city and the franchise are at a crossroads. The Carolina Panthers want to renovate the outdoor 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium. And the team is asking the public for help. On Monday, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and team President Danny Morrison met with new Gov. Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis to discuss the multimillion-dollar project. Both politicians are from the Charlotte area, and McCrory was the city's mayor for 14 years. His first term was in 1995, the Panthers' inaugural season. Tillis said Tuesday that discussions have been preliminary but that there are fears from city and state leaders ...
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