The Niner Nation has anticipated the start of basketball season under new head coach Alan Major for 214 days since his hire. The wait will be over Friday, Nov. 12, when the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team takes to the Halton Arena hardwood against local foe Gardner-Webb. The tip-off is set for 4:00 PM.
Tickets for the home opener are being offered to the general public at a special $5 rate. UNC Charlotte faculty and staff will have the opportunity to be part of this historic contest at no cost. Faculty and staff members are eligible for four tickets to the home opener against the Runnin’ Bulldogs, with tickets available for pick-up in advance only. Pick-up is available with a valid UNC Charlotte faculty/staff ID at the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Ticket Office now through noon, Friday, Nov. 12. Ticket office hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM weekdays.
The following night, the 49ers are back in action as part of a Basketball Doubleheader. The 49ers women's basketball team opens their home season at 5:00 PM against Iona as part of the pre-season WNIT. Following the game, the men's basketball team will take on South Carolina State at 7:30 PM. The first 1,200 fans in attendance at the doubleheader will receive a free Nike/Charlotte drawstring backpack.
Several marquee non-conference match-ups are on the home slate for what promises to be an exciting season. The men will take on 2010 NCAA Elite Eight participant Tennessee in Uptown Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena, and the women will do battle with ACC foe Duke at Halton Arena. In the 15th season of Halton Arena, the men's team will also welcome Xavier, Richmond, Temple, and Dayton to their home court.
For ticket information, click here or contact the Charlotte 49ers athletic ticket office at 704-687-4949.