It's official! The UNC Charlotte 49ers will start football in the fall of 2013.
Nearly three and a half years after the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees authorized a study of the feasibility of establishing an intercollegiate football program, Governor Beverly Perdue has signed the University Non-Appropriated Capital Project bill that included the funding plan for the 49ers football stadium construction, effectively placing the final piece of the 49ers football puzzle.
“With the Governor’s signature endorsing the General Assembly’s approval of construction of our football-related facilities, we open a new chapter in the dynamic history of UNC Charlotte,” said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. “The path to this point has been a lengthy but carefully considered one, from the Trustees’ decision in late 2006 to authorize a study of the feasibility of football to final approval by the Board of Governors this past spring.”
The 49ers have cleared numerous hurdles since Dubois recommended on Sept. 18, 2008 that the campus initiate a football program beginning in the fall of 2013.
– Chancellor Philip L. Dubois
“We’ve done it,” said Director of Athletics Judy Rose. “To think that what was started way back with the initial feasibility study — and even before that with the grassroots movement — has now received the final go-ahead – it’s extremely satisfying. This has not been an easy process, but nothing worthwhile ever is. There are no more ifs, no more votes, no more approvals. It’s a done deal.”
So far, more than $5.8 million has been raised through the sale of 49ers Seat Licenses (FSLs) and capital gifts.
“We sold over 3,200 FSL’s during a time when folks still weren’t sure we were going to field a team,” Rose said. “We hadn’t received all the necessary approvals. Now, fans can purchase those FSLs with the knowledge that yes, the 49ers will play football in 2013.”