Upwards of 2,000 members of the UNC Charlotte family are expected to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Charlotte 49ers’ new football stadium on April 28 at 3:30 PM.
Tailgating for the event will begin at 1:00 PM and the groundbreaking ceremony will be followed by a Tailgate Reception from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. The groundbreaking activities, which are open to the public, will take place at the stadium site near the Highway 29 entrance on the north side of the campus, between Grigg Hall and Robert & Mariam Hayes Baseball Stadium.
UNC Charlotte’s recreational services department is also sponsoring a “rec” the fields event from 4:30 - 8:00 PM that will feature volleyball, kickball, slip-and-slides and a dunking booth.
UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois, Board of Trustees Chair and UNC Charlotte alum Gene Johnson, Director of Athletics Judy Rose, Head Football Coach Brad Lambert, Football Feasibility Committee Chair Mac Everett, Student Body President Megan Smith and Student Body President-Elect Dave Craven will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony.
– Chancellor Philip L. Dubois
“On April 28, we will not only break ground on a football stadium, we will break in a new tradition,” said Chancellor Dubois. “Let’s get it started.”
The 15,000 seat stadium, being built so that it is expandable to 40,000 seats, will house the 49ers football program, which will take the field for the first time in the inaugural 2013 season.
The Football Stadium Complex will include the 15,000 seat stadium, a field house, and two practice fields. A press box, complete with media seating, a university box and television and radio booths will adorn the west sideline at the concourse level. The Field House includes coaches offices and meeting rooms, locker rooms and weight and training rooms, as well as an Academic Center, a tiered classroom and a Hospitality Deck.
The stadium field is a synthetic playing surface with inlay graphics and lines. A full length practice field and an 80-yard practice field will be set off the east entrance.
Charlotte 49ers football will forever change the UNC Charlotte student experience, and it will give UNC Charlotte alumni another opportunity to connect to their University. Almost 60 percent of UNC Charlotte alumni live in the greater Charlotte area.
The inaugural home game is slated for Aug. 31, 2013 vs. the Campbell University Camels. 49er seat licenses are available online here.