Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The Charlotte 49ers football team, which will begin play in 2013 as an FCS independent, now has an official name for their field – McColl-Richardson Field, in honor of former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. Both men have provided financial support for the football program.
In the press conference Tuesday, UNC Charlotte announced the name of their new field, with Chancellor Dr. Phillip Dubois saying the school has “the architect of modern Charlotte and the architect of the Panthers NFL team joining forces on behalf of the university.”
Construction started this spring for the new $47 million football stadium complex. The stadium will seat 15,000 but can expand to seat 40,000. The complex will have a field house and two practice fields.
Construction is expected to be completed by August of 2012, in time for the 49ers first recruiting class to begin practice.