SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – A Clemson University economic impact study shows the Panthers training camp at Wofford College generated almost $13.1 million in economic activity, according the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.
They say that is up from $8 million in 2015 and $5.2 million in 2014.
They say the major reason was the dramatic rise in attendance.
Here are the attendance numbers:
2014 – 49,029
2015 – 77,625
2016 – 135,371
The study says 44% of the visitors traveled more than 50 miles and the average expenditure was $151.
Chris Jennings, the Spartanburg CVB’ executive vice president, said the CVB expected strong numbers based on the high number of attendees at the training camp, but the impact numbers exceeded his expectations.
“We knew the Panthers going to the Super Bowl was going to create more buzz about training camp. Fans were hungry to see the team live again,” he said. “We quickly realized there was a lot more people in Spartanburg than any previous camp we could remember.”
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