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Panthers training camp brought in more than $13 million

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Courtesy: Spartanburg CVB Courtesy: Spartanburg CVB
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Carolina Panthers summer training camp at Wofford College generated almost $13.1 in economic activity, according to a Clemson University economic impact study requested by the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The camp brought in only $8 million in 2015 and $5.2 million in 2014.

The camp also saw a dramatic rise in attendance, the report states. 135,371 people visited the camp in 2016, up from 77,625 in 2015. The study said each visitor spent on average of $151 in 2016, down from $161 in 2015.

“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,” Chris Jennings, the Spartanburg CVB’ executive vice president said. “We quickly realized there was a lot more people in Spartanburg than any previous camp we could remember.”

Jennings said many Spartanburg restaurants, bars and shops were busier than normal as travelers spent their money here to help create the total impact.

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