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Charlotte MLS team sells 7,000 season-ticket deposits in first 24 hours

Charlotte’s Major League Soccer expansion team received more than 7,000 season-ticket deposits in the first 24 hours of being announced earlier this week, Carolina Panthers president Tom Glick has revealed.

“We’ve just been flying with the seat deposits since 10.30 [Tuesday] morning when we announced. So we’ve done more than double in our first day what Atlanta [United] did,” Glick told WFNZ’s Chris McClain on his Mac Attack radio show. “We have more than 7,000 deposits for season tickets already in less than 24 hours, so it’s a huge measurement of success.”

The as-yet unnamed team, which will be run by Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, will play at the 75,523-capacity Bank of America Stadium and join MLS in 2021.

Having paid a National Football League record $2.275bn for the Panthers in 2018, hedge fund billionaire Tepper has reportedly paid a league-record $325m for an MLS team.