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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Convention Center Over Budget; Money For B Of A Stadium Upgrades


Friday, September 27, 2019

Plans to upgrade the convention center are over budget.  Panthers owner David Tepper wants up to $212 million to upgrade Bank of America stadium for Major League Soccer.  CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says de-escalation will be clearly cited as a goal when the department’s deadly force policy is released next month, and Cam Newton is sidelined for a second week because of his foot.

Plans to upgrade Charlotte’s Convention Center are over budget by several million dollars. What council members are saying about the news of the overrun.

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper wants up to $212 million for upgrades at Bank of America Stadium and a Major League Soccer facility as part of a push to bring a Major League Soccer club to Charlotte. We’ll fill you in.

In other Panthers stadium news—Billy Joel’s coming. Bank of America Stadium made the announcement this week that Billy Joel will be performing a stadium concert in 2020 and stadium officials say more concerts like that will follow.

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On Tuesday, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said that de-escalation will be clearly cited as the goal when the new CMPD deadly force policy is released in October. We’ll go over details.

The deal that was underway to purchase the historic Excelsior Club in Charlotte has fallen through. What this means for the future of the building, which was a major focal point for prominent African Americans in Charlotte beginning in the 40’s and why the deal fell through.

And Cam Newton is sidelined for a second week after his absence last week resulted in the Panthers’ first win of the season. How serious is the injury? We'll have an update.


Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV reporter 

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal 

Katie Peralta, senior editor and reporter for Charlotte Agenda 

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE