Friday, September 24, 2010

Trustees see new stadium renderings

The latest architectural renderings of the Charlotte 49ers' on-campus stadium were unveiled to the school's board of trustees Friday morning.


A few highlights:

-- The stadium will initially seat 15,000 and is expandable to 40,000 (seen above) or possibly to 60,000. That will presumably happen when the 49ers move from playing in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision. The expansion would include an upper deck and expanded press box. Groundbreaking is set for May 2011.

-- The field will be artificial turf. Two natural-grass practice fields -- one 100 yards, the other 80 yards -- be adjacent to the stadium.

-- The scoreboard will not have a video screen at first, but there is space for it to expanded to include that.

-- The stadium will not have lights initially, but they will be added later.

-- The field house in the stadium's south end will, in addition to locker rooms, have an observation deck.

Renderings courtesy of Jenkins Peer Architects.

Click on each image below to see larger version:



55 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just heard that UNC will be going on probation for there football team! Something about an agent and a tutor? How can they be building more teams if they are on probation??

moss2k said...

Thanks David. Any idea if these new renderings will be released to the public?

Observer Sports said...

We are still awaiting copies of the renderings from the University. Will post when we have them.

49RFBN said...

Anon 1:46

I can understand your confusion but this is the CHARLOTTE 49ers, not the Chapel Hill Tarheels.

Anonymous said...

They should try to schedule duke in there first season. Then maybe the blue devils will have a shot at finally beating a team.

Anonymous said...

Don't schedule Butler, they'll either rape your women or whip your Arss.

Anonymous said...

It looks great. Wouldn't they be more inclined to build some of the expandable parts (lights, video screen,etc) than to wait to expand everything later. It seems they should do it now when they can get the funding (maybe?) instead of years down the road when they will be taking a beating.

I don't know, just doesn't seem logical.

Anonymous said...

Agree 100% with adding a few of the "extras" now - versus three to four years later at twice the cost. Lights alone allow immediate usage of the both stadium and practice facilities, as well as flexibility for scheduling night games. Then again, UNCC is a state school and we all know much too well our states's unfortunate track record when it comes to strategic planning. Think I-485

Anonymous said...

What a colossal and ridiculous waste of money.

Anonymous said...

awesome! Great job!

Ryan said...

well, fortunately for you it isn't your money. This stadium isn't funded with taxpayer money, so it doesn't concern you.

Anonymous said...

4:48 anon: Don't worry, it's not being built in Chapel Hill so it's not a waste of money. I'm sure you were worried. I know I was!

Anonymous said...

The source of funds for this stadium will be TAXPAYER money no matter what they say. Sure they will sell bonds. But taxpayers will have to pay. Why spend money this way?

University staff and administrators are overpaid and underworked. They get paid for five days a week but many only show up for three. And then for only a few hours each day. At retirement they get four times the pay of other people in NC.

Stop this stadium NOW!

John said...

Anonymous 5:00 PM sounds like a UNC-Chapel Hill alumni who doesn't want competition!

Anonymous said...

If you don't think taxpayer dollars will be used to support the football program you are clearly ignorant. Take a look at NCAA stats. The vast majority of football programs do not have revenue that matches costs. This pathetic little team in a high school stadium will be the same for decades, at least. The next time you gripe about not getting a medical school at UNC Concord Mills, go take a walk to your colossal football stadium.

Anonymous said...

RE: Funding...

According to the UNCC Chancellor Dobois (Charlotte Business Journal), there is no public funding. "It’s not paid for out of state funds... It does redirect some of your fund-raising time and energy, although the donor pools for that are distinct. Two-thirds of the people who bought Forty-Niner seat licenses had never been a member of our 49er Club, so we really grew a nice audience of support for athletics as a result of football. The students indicated they were prepared to pay the cost going forward, at least their share of it. And so they’re picking up the debt service for the building, and they’re picking up a good share of the operating costs, about half. The rest comes through ticket sales and sponsorship and fund raising."

Stop Whining. Get educated.

Anonymous said...

The Dean Dome gets 1.3 million from the State budget so it can stay open. And used millions in taxpayer dollars during construction. Do you really believe Chancellor Dubois is telling the truth? The UNC-CH Chancellors certainly have NOT.

College sports, the biggest taxpayer and student rip-off around.

Anonymous said...

@5:13PM kath9dav?

Anonymous said...

It is not a matter where the money is coming from - but how it is spend.
It seems that everybody supports new sport facilities but nobody spends the same energy when teachers positions are being eliminated or schools are being closed.
I hope people realize that a new arena or stadium is not the right investement for our kids.
It is said that private people have to donate time and money to keeps schools going which should be the duty of the system.

Anonymous said...

I swear no matter what is built someone will always claim it's waste of money. I know plenty of 49er alumni that have wanted a football team for years and most likely the people complaining didn't even go to UNCC nor have step foot on campus.

Anonymous said...

Five dollars says the number of applicants jumps after the first season.

Anonymous said...

The Sketches look great! It looks a lot like Kenan. The 49's 2011 non conference schedule needs to include a few top area High School Teams and the Panthers for a home and away game. This should help prepare them for conference games against Catawba and Pembroke.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous 5:00 PM said:
The source of funds for this stadium will be TAXPAYER money no matter what they say...Stop this stadium NOW!"


Another crybaby from the whiny "my tax money" peanut gallery chimes in. It's always something with you folks, isn't it, and it's all about you. Oh, boo. Oh, hoo.

It must be a really pitiful existence to sit around and cry about where every .00000001% of your taxes might or might not go.

The 49ers would probably be glad to give you your dime back just to shut you and your co-whiners up.

Anonymous said...

Attention to the idiot and his comments about the Dean Dome. It was built completely with private donations and is fully self funded by basketball revenue. Additionally, the team that plays there is part of the best basketball conference in the nation which generates tens of millions of dollars for each and every school in the conference. Absolutely none of this can be said about UNC Harris Blvd and the football team.

In the future if you desire to make such uneducated statements, I suggest you think twice and do some research first.

Anonymous said...

What does a football have to do with college??? This kind of stupid waste of money is why so many cannot afford to go to college.

Anonymous said...

From PA49er: For those who feel the need to disparage my alma mater - "please step outside"

Anonymous said...

Don't get too excited about moving up to 1-A. That will take many, many years. Get in line with App State, JMU, UMass, Richmond,etc,etc,etc

Anonymous said...

Make sure the games are day games. Lot of crime outside the gates.

Anonymous said...

If you're posting and you're not for us, you're simply jealous.

5:13 - lol, kath9dav. Pathetic laid-off librarian.

5:24 - igilli, the broken record

5:53 - pick last for kickball

MikeyNiner said...

Shut it Kath9dav, go back into your Chapel Hole, and leave us alone. Anyone that actually graduated from Carolina would not sneak around on every UNC Charlotte related article and post negative comments. If you believe you are so superior, like most who graduate from UNC-Orange County (which is a terrible excuse for an insult by the way), then you should have no reason to continually attempt to discredit us.

Ryan said...

@6:00 PM,

I'll give you JMU and UMass, but App has said they are happy at FCS (although they may be exploring FBS behind closed doors) and Richmond has no desire to move up. They just 'upgraded' to a smaller stadium that holds about 1/2 of Charlotte's planned stadium.

Anonymous said...

This is great for the University and city, yet idiots on here want to bash the University for making itself better. Don't forget folks, everyone has to start somewhere. Just because Charlotte is only 60 years old doesn't make it inferior! I can't wait in 10 years when Charlotte is running through ACC schools in football......let's face it, ACC football is pathetic, so anyone on here from the ACC talking shit about Charlotte needs to take a long hard look in the mirror. We'll be with the big boys someday soon. We're in too large of a market and have one of the largest universities in the Southeast not to be attractive to a big conference. Just wait fuckers. Your time is coming!

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:24 aka "The KING"

Anonymous said...

Looks Good! About time UNC Charlotte got a football team! That was the thing that was missing when I went to UNCC!

Anonymous said...

"I just heard that UNC will be going on probation for there football team! Something about an agent and a tutor? How can they be building more teams if they are on probation??"

UNC CHARLOTTE IS NOT UNC CHAPEL HILL! GO BACK TO NEW JERSEY!

wiley said...

Sounds like the southeast leg of 485...

Making the stadium expandable to 60,000 is a smart move, but not putting in lights and a decent video screen when intially built isn't too bright.

Freedom Huggins said...

I have been waiting on a football team for years. As for the haters, STFU! This is our city, our school, and our team. Chapel Hill can eat it.

Anonymous said...

Hi David. Thanks for posting the drawings. They look promising. In all of the discussion about UNCC football, I haven't heard (or maybe I just haven't seen it) if they've chosen a location for the field(s). Do you know where they are planning to build? I had heard rumors that there was consideration for space near I-485 and Hwy 49 but I haven't heard any more on that and that seems like such a long way from campus.
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

it would appear that there are many unc-ch fans who are quite nervous about the fastest growing and soon to be largest nc university getting football.


don't worry blue fairys, we'll run a clean program.

chris said...

I helped pay for football at CHARLOTTE. It was not tax money. I am paying $1000 per seat for seating rights; not including tickets. What other school is paying for the right to buy tickets to a college football game? We want football and we will have it! NINER NATION!!!

Ryan said...

@6:59 anon:

The stadium will be built on campus behind the research institute buildings that border N. Tryon Street. They are currently intramural fields.

Anonymous said...

I hear UNC Charlotte's football team is already a 6 point favorite over Duke!

Anonymous said...

How about some of the OVERPAID and UNACHEIVING professors/administrators give up some of their salary for this stadium. Professors, you can afford it, after all I, as a tax payer, pay YOUR salary and EVERY year, without fail, my taxes go up and college tuition go up. It is time YOU give back something from the community YOU take from. BTW- I could care less about YOU. Most of you are WAY over pay and WAY underworked. We could care LESS your education level. After all, those who can, do, and those who can't, TEACH!

Anonymous said...

Thank Dubois - we get college football. The students have been waiting for this for YEARS. The enrollment is already skyrocketing at the college, and this will only add to those numbers. I am an 49er alumni and am currently working on a second degree there. As for those of you complaining, hush. We, the students have taken on paying a big fee for this, and with private money and sponsorships, we are moving forward. As for instructors, they did work in industry, and then got their PHD's so they can teach. This is called giving back - something commentor at 8:01 can't even fathom. Stop drinking the tea!

Tim C said...

WOW.

Awesome job by those involved.

This should get some tix sold, including mine.

Anonymous said...

Stadium drawings are nice, but the Architecture program could have done them. As a UNCC grad, I disagree but have no animosity towards those who support it. It's their dime. At least you could of scheduled Elon, ASU, or Wake Forest and taken a beating and earned some respect. Campbell??????
No matter, if the stadium is near capacity and the noise is half the level of an ECU home game, it'll be ok.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:26, I am sure we will be playing some BCS team during the season who wants to demolish someone, and give us a break on the Campbell game. Georgia State played their inaugural game this year against a school that wasn't even in the NCAA. At least we are playing a school that is Division 1 FCS.

Anonymous said...

For you pathetic haters out there, how sad is your life that you actually took time to come on here and rail against something you neither protested nor have any say in the matter.

Enjoy your Friday night at home being miserable.

Go 49'ers.

Anonymous said...

I used to let some of the negative comments bother me, but now there is nothing anyone can do to stop us from playing football. We are finally going to have the team and stadium that our university deserves. WE WON. GO NINERS!!! Lets just hope the world doesn't end in 2012 so we can live to watch them play a game, haha just kidding.

Anonymous said...

Haters gonna Hate


GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
F*CK CHAPEL HILL

Anonymous said...

Ditto @ 11:20. And let's hurry up and get the movement started to change our name to University of Charlotte.

NLP said...

50+ comments and it was only a set of photos.

How's that train moving now, Dick Spangler?

49RFBN said...

Now now NLP! If we keep it up old Richard will have to come back to campus and tell us to work on our intramurals again! LOL!

Go NINERS!!!

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punkrockcowboy said...

The stadium is going to be beautiful.

More students voted FOR football at Charlotte then voted in total on any other issue on any other campu in the state. Charlotte is also the fastest growing university in the state, it's about time the school got football. You're an idiot if you think otherwise.