Charlotte tourism officials worry about stadium

  • Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 11:02 a.m.

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Charlotte tourism officials are worried about state lawmakers’ plans to help fund improvements for the Carolinas Panthers stadium.

Charlotte tourism officials worry the plan to make improvements at Bank of America Stadium would not leave enough money to upgrade the Charlotte Convention Center.

A bill would allow Charlotte to use taxes earmarked for the convention center to help pay for stadium renovations. The bill was offered as an alternative to the city’s request to double the 1 percent local food tax to pay for stadium upgrades.

Tom Murray with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority says using the money for the stadium would not leave enough money to improve the convention center. A letter from Murray and three other tourism officials says their main concern is to improve the convention center.

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