NFL order means Panthers won’t be coming to Wofford this summer

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Carolina Panthers players practice at Wofford College during the team’s NFL football training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

A source tells 7 Sports that the NFL announced Tuesday that teams must remain at their home facilities this summer for preseason training camps, meaning the Carolina Panthers will not head to Wofford for camp for the first time in team history.

7 Sports was first to report the story.

The Panthers are among a handful of teams that still go elsewhere for camp, thus the league’s order will break a routine of the past 25 seasons.

Earlier this year, the Panthers indicated they would again use the Spartanburg campus for their preseason camp this summer as a planned year-round team facility near Charlotte is still in development.

A team spokesman acknowledged Tuesday night that a return to Spartanburg is also planned for next year.

“We are aware of the league’s decision regarding training camp and support its goal of ensuring the safety of fans, players, coaches, and staff,” said Steven Drummond, Panthers vice president of communications and external affairs. “We value our longstanding relationship with Wofford College and the Spartanburg area and look forward to returning in 2021.”

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