Friday, November 6, 2009

Nearly $4 million raised toward 49ers football


With its official marketing campaign over and self-imposed Oct. 15 deadline passed, the Charlotte 49ers have raised nearly $4 million toward a $5 million goal to start up a football program in time for the 2013 season.

As of Thursday, 3,181 football seat licenses have been sold. With the cost of FSLs ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 each, that translates into $3.9 million.

The original recommendation by chancellor Philip Dubois to the school's board of trustees called for the sale of 5,000 FSLs at $1,000 apiece to raise $5 million in startup funds.

Although the campaign is over, school officials continue to operate on the same timetable pending a decision by the board of trustees to the contrary and FSLs still can be purchased.

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, visit charlotte49erfootball.com.

11 comments:

49RFootballNow said...

SOLID!!!!

2013, here we come!

GO NINERS!

Anonymous said...

The genearl admission public are so upset...like we really care. As lonsg as Ms. Hathaway runs the AD the programs will be medicore.

Anonymous said...

$4 million in sales plus the $1 million gift puts us at the Chancellors magic number. I don't see any reason for delaying.

panfan1 said...

Good job 49ers!!!!!!!!!!

Gotta start somewhere & one day we will look back at how we started & the scepticism of a lot people & we DID IT!!

Anonymous said...

The Indy Butler game showed much enthusiasm is generated on school campuses with football. Get it done.

Anonymous said...

How do you expect young alumni or students about to graduate to afford this? Considering the circumstances the majority is experiencing with a very poor economy at best, and unemployment rising every day, this is not a priority...for the general public and the people that are experiencing these tough times. Let's see...should we pay the a roof over our heads, the bills, insurance, and food?...or an fsl? Comical. Of course will be beneficial for the university, but they are asking a lot. But if you do look at the FACTS...you will see that MOST universities lose money on their programs...NOT earn money. And the response given by supporters of the program and the university to many individuals that state these serious problems and can NOT do this at this time, is very disrespectful and inappropriate. You should be better than that.

Anonymous said...

2:26 anon, what exactly do you want? A free lunch?

Anonymous said...

2:58 anon...classy, just like the rest of the inconsiderate individuals from niner "nation." more like "niner message board."

Anonymous said...

"How do you expect young alumni or students about to graduate to afford this?"

They will have opportunities to buy tickets and our licenses as the stadium and program grows. The FSLs being offered now are the to generate the $5 million in sales the BOT want to see for the program to continue.

"Of course will be beneficial for the university, but they are asking a lot. But if you do look at the FACTS...you will see that MOST universities lose money on their programs...NOT earn money."

Programs don't run deficits. They are not always supported on their revenues alone, but they don't run deficits. Through revenue and fees, the programs are supported. There is no raid on state funds. There is no raid on the endowment. If people don't like the fee structure, there are other public institutions but they'll find that UNC Charlotte is still a MAJOR bargain, even with football.

"And the response given by supporters of the program and the university to many individuals that state these serious problems and can NOT do this at this time, is very disrespectful and inappropriate. You should be better than that."

Like I said at the top, now will not be the only time that FSLs and tickets are available. Maybe for the first few years of the program, but as the program and stadium grows, so will opportunities for young alumni and grads.

To risk delaying the start of the football to help those young alumni and graduates to afford tickets will only make the entire venture more expensive.

Anonymous said...

The time is now!!! Either get on board or stay on the sidelines. There is never going to be a pot of money sitting there just for us to start a football team.

There is no doubt that times are tough, but look at how much $$ has been raised in these tough times on ticket sales alone. That is impressive in itself.

Brandon said...

Bottom line: rising freshman are choosing other schools due to the simple fact that they have college football and all that it gives to student live OVER a school without it. That's a fact. In that regard, not having football is costing the school all the revenue generated when a student comes to the school. You can slam it in any way possible and blame the economy all you want. Not having a football program is hurting Charlotte.