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The Carolina Panthers finish up in the middle of the pack in this year’s rankings, but they made several improvements to their facilities over the last year. The most significant comes from the changes made in their cafeteria. They hired a new head chef and made major renovations. 100% of returning player respondents said that the cafeteria/food program improved from last year. 

The major issue bringing down the team grade comes from the responding players’ belief that club owner David Tepper is not willing to invest the necessary money into the facilities. The number one example is the field surface in their stadium, with ownership deciding to change from natural grass to synthetic turf in 2021. When asked this season, 100% of the player respondents in Carolina said that they would prefer to play on grass than turf. It is a major frustration within the locker room feeling like they are being forced to play on a surface that is not as safe, simply because it is cheaper to maintain.

Breakdown of Key Categories


CategoryGradeRank out of 32
Treatment of FamiliesB7th
Locker RoomC+18th
Training RoomC+18th
Training StaffA-3rd
Weight RoomB15th
Strength CoachesA4th
Team TravelB-11th
Head CoachA-16th


Treatment of Families

  • They provide a family room at the stadium 
  • They provide daycare on gamedays 
  • A few players would like their family members to be able to get pregame sideline passes or be seated in better locations with other player families

Food / Cafeteria

  • The food program was an area of significant improvement for the Panthers from last year. All returning players said that the food program/cafeteria improved. The team hired a new head chef, improved the menu and renovated the cafeteria itself. 
  • They rank 12th overall in food taste 
  • They rank 15th overall in food freshness

Nutritionist /Dietician

  • The players gave their dietician the third highest individual grade in the league 
  • 80% of players feel like they get an individualized plan (20th overall)

Locker Room

  • 90% of players feel like the locker room is big enough (16th overall) 
  • 83% of players feel like they have enough room in their individual lockers (19th overall)

Training Room

  • 96% of players feel they have enough full-time trainers (4th overall) 
  • 95% of players feel they have enough full-time physical therapists (1st overall) 
  • Only 63% of players feel they have enough hot tub space (28th overall) 
  • Only 59% of players feel they have enough cold tub space (29th overall) 
  • After last season, the team replaced the slippery tub room floor and added new training tables to the training room 
  • The players would like to see a bigger sauna and larger, cleaner hot and cold tubs in the future

Training Staff

  • 93% of players feel like they receive enough one-on-one treatment (5th overall) 
  • The players feel that the training staff significantly contributes to their success (2nd overall)

Weight Room

  • The players feel that the equipment in the weight room is good quality (16th overall) 
  • The players feel that the size of the weight room is adequate (16th overall) 
  • The team redid the flooring in the weight room, expanded the turf area and added new equipment

Strength Coaches

  • 100% of players feel like they get an individualized plan (1st overall) 
  • The players feel that the strength coaches significantly contribute to their success (11th overall)

Team Travel

  • Only 71% of the players feel like they have a comfortable amount of personal space (25th overall) 
  • The Panthers do not require that any players have roommates before games

Head Coach

  • 97% of players feel former head coach Frank Reich was efficient with their time (7th overall) 
  • Players feel that Frank Reich was very willing to listen to the locker room (5th overall)


  • Club owner David Tepper receives a score of 6.6/10 from Panthers players when considering his willingness to invest in the facilities (28th overall) 
  • The major factor in this score was David Tepper’s decision to change their home stadium from grass to turf while 100% of the players said they prefer to play on grass