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49ers to play at Jerry Richardson Stadium

Jerry Richardson Stadium

The Charlotte 49ers, that is.

With the 49ers set to launch a football program that will ultimately land at the FBS level, the university announced Tuesday that the team will play its home games at Jerry Richardson Stadium.  Jerry Richardson, owner of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, donated $10 million to the university in exchange for what the school described as naming rights in perpetuity.

The 15,300-seat stadium bearing Richardson’s name was completed in October of 2012.

“Today, we take another huge step,” Charlotte chancellor Dr. Philip Dubois said. “Jerry knows that football can bring the students and the city of Charlotte together and he wanted to be among the first to stand up and state, ‘this program is important to me’.”

The 49ers will debut its newly-minted football program at the FCS level in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, the 49ers will move to the FBS level as a member of Conference USA.

“The role UNC Charlotte plays in our community cannot be underestimated and its profile will only continue to grow,” Richardson said. “The addition of football is another step in that growth and it is important that our community supports the school and its programs. The potential of both the university and its athletic department is unlimited and I am pleased to be able to participate in their development. My personal experiences from football have been very beneficial and this is a way to support both the future of the game and the university.”

In addition to the eight-figure donation that netted his name on the stadium, Richardson also announced that he has endowed a football-only scholarship in honor of his son, Jon Richardson.

(Photo credit: Charlotte athletics)

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11 Responses to “49ers to play at Jerry Richardson Stadium”
  1. tidebarrister says: Jun 12, 2013 8:32 PM

    Come on John:

    Your use of “49ers” was Bush League at best and plain dishonest at worst.

    Has the traffic on this site gotten so weak that you have to resort to cheap journalistic tricks just to get readers?

    As they saying goes, “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

    Bullshit practices is how you lose customers/posters/readers, etc.

  2. John Taylor says: Jun 12, 2013 9:03 PM

    Are you that ignorant that you get bamboozled and offended coming to a COLLEGE FOOTBALL website by the use of the nickname “49ers” in the headline?

    College. Football. Talk. Get over yourself and find another cause to get your unmentionables wadded over.

  3. manik56 says: Jun 12, 2013 9:09 PM

    Tidebarrister must still be using a 14.4 dial up connection.

  4. normtide says: Jun 12, 2013 9:24 PM

    Not football related, but I love the city of Charlotte.

    Seriously, someone actually thought the SF 49ers was going to play their home games in North Carolina? You should write a scathing note to yourself.

  5. tidebarrister says: Jun 13, 2013 12:34 AM


    You’re still an asshole and douchebag no matter how you slice it!

  6. John Taylor says: Jun 13, 2013 12:48 AM


    You’re still an asshole and douchebag no matter how you slice it!

    Well, now you’re just dealing in well-knowns and givens. Like telling me water’s wet and the sky’s blue; duh.

    Here’s to hoping that you can get past your obvious angst while leading a semi-productive life and not being too much of a drain on society.

  7. oneshiningmomentblog says: Jun 13, 2013 3:33 AM

    Reblogged this on One Shining Moment.

  8. Anoesis says: Jun 13, 2013 10:24 AM

    Wow, a pretty large number of thick NFL fans managed to go right past the huge College Football Talk banner and click on a story they thought had something to do with a Bay Area team. That’s pretty damn funny.

    Since I don’t waste my time on PFT I have no idea if there’s ever been a headline there that might have made me think it was about a college team, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have acted as though one of the writers was purposefully misleading me. And after seeing the nasty responses of tidebarrister it should be obvious why I don’t bother with PFT.

    “49ers to play at Jerry Richardson Stadium”

    1) Jerry Richardson, not Jerry Jones (never mind the fact that the place in Texas is called Cowboys Stadium).
    2) Two college teams use 49ers as a nickname; it isn’t the sole property of the San Francisco NFL team.
    3) Admitting you were mistaken in your assumption is one thing, blaming someone else for your lack of reading comprehension is quite another.
    4) Your butt-hurt post, along with the massive support from your other facts-challenge pals is hilarious.

    I honestly hope you and your friends look a little closer at what you’re clicking on in the future, since I would prefer you stay in your own bubble over at PFT. Using the word “barrister” in your handle makes attorneys look bad, and that’s really saying something.

  9. kansacity88 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:16 AM

    I’m no NFL 49er fan, and not even close to being a UNC-Charlotte fan (no offense) but I AM a college football fan. Even I knew, when I first looked at the headline, that the UNC-Charlotte program was the focus of this article. My question is ‘How the ‘eff’ is it bad that he used 49ers to start off the article in the title??? Its the damn nickname of the team! Just because you probably didn’t know that (which is maybe because you don’t pay attention to college football or at least the “other” levels that AREN’T always in tv) doesn’t mean someone is out to pull the proverbial wool over your eyes. Hopefully Idaho State or Southern University doesn’t do anything really important in the near future or else you’re gonna have Cincinnati or Jacksonville fans on hear crying foul and pissed off to the highest pisstivity because they think that “their” name was misused! *smfh*

  10. coryfor3 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:27 AM

    Perpetuity!? Sort of limits the future fund raising when they decide in 10 years that the stadium is out of date and needs to be refurbished.

  11. brianjoates says: Jun 13, 2013 9:47 PM

    Why in the world would anyone think that an NFL team would play their games in a stadium named after another NFL owner? College football is played outside the SEC.

    Charlotte is going to be a nice program in a few years. Its a great city with lots to do. Good to see that the Panthers will have some type of working relationship with University of Charlotte or Charlotte University (gotta dump the UNC-Charlotte).

    And yes the great journalists who helped build the NBC brand would be embarrassed by the quality of work that is allowed throughout this entire “sports talk” platform, but that is really a reflection of the writers not having respect for those men and women who came before them.

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