With a month remaining before a self-imposed Oct. 15 deadline, the Charlotte 49ers have raised nearly $3.3 million toward a $5 million goal to start a football program in time for the 2013 season.
As of late Tuesday, 2,560 football seat licenses have been sold – an increase of 810 since the start of an aggressive marketing campaign on July 13. With the cost of FSLs ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 each, that translates into $3.248 million.
The original recommendation by the school's chancellor, Dr. Philip Dubois, to the board of trustees called for the sale of 5,000 FSLs at $1,000 apiece to raise $5 million in start-up funds.
Momentum appears to be building as the deadline approaches as 150 FSLs have been sold since last Thursday, school officials said.
“We believe we have made significant progress and we're extremely excited about going over the $3.2 million mark in FSL sales. Our sales force has taken this task to heart and fans are stepping forward,” said 49ers athletics director, Judy Rose.
“The key continues to be fundraising. We have more FSLs to sell and we have to make a strong push for capital gifts to get to the point where we can get the shovels in the ground and get the construction phase underway.”
Rose and officials from the school's athletic foundation plan to present an update on the FSL campaign to the school's board of trustees during its scheduled meeting on Thursday.
Last month the architectural team of Jenkins-Peer out of Charlotte and the DLR Group out of Overland Park, Kan., was selected to create designs for a football fieldhouse, a permanent on-campus stadium and a temporary stadium based around the current Belk Track & Field complex.
The team may be able to present some preliminary designs to the trustees on Thursday, officials said.
Currently, the only way non-students can be guaranteed a seat at a Charlotte football game is through the purchase of an FSL. Little if any general admission public seating is anticipated.
For more information or to purchase an FSL, call (704) 687-4949 or visit charlotte49erfootball.com.
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