When UNC Charlotte’s football team kicks off in fall 2013, it will do so on McColl-Richardson Field. The two Charlotte icons, Hugh McColl and Jerry Richardson, joined forces to donate “generous personal contributions” to the University’s football program, and University leaders announced Tuesday the naming of the field in their honor.
“We have the architect of modern Charlotte and the architect of the Panthers NFL team joining forces on behalf of the University,” UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois said. “Today’s announcement celebrates two community leaders whose names are synonymous with football in Charlotte and with the great progress this city has made over the last 30 years. The legacies of Hugh McColl and Jerry Richardson are already firmly established across the Charlotte region. We are thrilled their names will be permanently tied to our University.”
McColl, a banking industry pioneer who built Bank of America into one of this country’s largest and most important financial institutions and made Charlotte its headquarters, was instrumental in bringing the Carolina Panthers to Charlotte.
“Jerry and I have been close friends for decades. Football happens to have been an important and consistent component in our friendship,” McColl said. “Both of us saw the introduction of football at UNC Charlotte to be a unique and exciting opportunity for our great city to connect and bond even closer to its constituents.”
– Chancellor Philip L. Dubois
Richardson, the owner of the National Football League’s Carolina Panthers, landed the Panthers in Charlotte in 1995 and has watched it grow from expansion team to Super Bowl participant in 2003.
“It is quite an honor to have my name associated with such a good friend and wonderful academic institution,” said Richardson. “Hugh and I both feel that UNC Charlotte is critical to the future of the Charlotte region. College football will be an important component in student life and will help the University create stronger community ties.”
The Charlotte 49ers on-campus 15,000-seat stadium is currently under construction and will be completed in August 2012, in time for the 49ers first recruiting class to begin practice. The 49ers will begin play in 2013 as an FCS independent.
Football Seat Licenses are on sale now, which offer fans the right to purchase season tickets to Charlotte 49ers football games. To purchase FSLs, the only way to guarantee a seat to 49ers football games, fans can call the 49ers athletic ticket office at 704-687-4949 or log on to charlotte49ers.com or charlotte49erfootball.com.