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#46 Cary Kollins

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:25 AM

Florio brings up interesting point:

The irony in that last part is obvious to anyone in Charlotte who thinks Richardson should be paying for upgrades to the football stadium he owns. The man who doesn’t like to be asked for money asked aggressively and repeatedly for taxpayer funds. Though he didn’t get everything he wanted, Richardson came away with $8.75 for every $1 he donated to get his name on the local college’s stadium.


http://profootballta...llion-donation/

#47 Niner National

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:06 AM

When did they get a football team? Is this still primarily a commuter school?

This fall is our first year. This has been in the works for the last 7 years. 

 

Most of our students drive to school because the infrastructure around University City sucks for walking, but we have a higher % of students living within a mile of campus than Chapel Hill does. Are they a commuter school?

 

Our % of students that live on campus is in line with the other major universities in the state.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:38 AM

The Charlotte 49ers will take the field on McColl-Richardson field in Jerry Richardson stadium.

 

Couldn't be happier.

 

Combined with his earlier donation in conjunction with Hugh McColl, Jerry has donated approximately $11 million to the university this year.

 

Jerry approached the school, the school did not approach him.

 

Can't wait for August 31st!

Love this. I just transferred to UNCC from another 4-year school. It's weird and exciting knowing that I now go to a school with a football team, even if it's just their first year and they very well may not be good at all.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:10 PM

Florio brings up interesting point:


http://profootballta...llion-donation/

 

He brings up an interesting counter-point as well.

 

"On one hand, we understand the distinction.  Richardson got public money to help fund the upgrades because that’s part of the reality of NFL stadium economics.  Having a team in town benefits the city financially; at some point, the city should acknowledge that with a financial contribution.  Whether the owner of the team can afford to provide the money he’s seeking is irrelevant to whether the taxpayers should bear part of the total burden."



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:11 PM

Ill just buy from a scalper before the games for $1.00

 

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:12 PM

Well let's hope these players can stay out of trouble. My bro in law is a UNCC campus police and he said they've been catching these guys in trouble lately.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:23 PM

I am excited that the Panthers organization is embracing the 49ers football program.  I never expected this much support.  Getting a name like Jerry Richardson on your stadium gives you instant credibility in this community and in the football world.

 

Our coaching staff also has a good relationship with the Panthers and regularly attend practices.  Here is HC Brad Lambert with Ron Rivera last week at OTA's.

 

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:26 PM

Well let's hope these players can stay out of trouble. My bro in law is a UNCC campus police and he said they've been catching these guys in trouble lately.

 

One reason Davidson got rid of D-1 football in the 80's was because of all the mayhem the football players caused. 



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:53 PM

One reason Davidson got rid of D-1 football in the 80's was because of all the mayhem the football players caused. 

Davidson is still D-1. They play non-scholarship in the Pioneer League. It is FCS level, but that is still technically D1. All of your sports have to be played within the same division. You cannot have some in D1 and others in D2 or D3.

 

Pioneer league football is probably about the same caliber as D3 football, but it is technically D1.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:59 PM

Davidson is still D-1. They play non-scholarship in the Pioneer League. It is FCS level, but that is still technically D1. All of your sports have to be played within the same division. You cannot have some in D1 and others in D2 or D3.

 

Pioneer league football is probably about the same caliber as D3 football, but it is technically D1.

 

It's I-AA which was invented to allow teams like Davidson to play true D-1 in some sports and not get crushed in others



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:43 PM

Why did UNCC built their own stadium? Why not use BOA stadium?

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:05 PM

Why did UNCC built their own stadium? Why not use BOA stadium?

 

For the same reasons Tulane University, who currently plays games at the Superdome, is building their own stadium on campus. Having less than 10,000 people in a venue that seats 80,000 kills the atmosphere and having the stadium on campus brings alumni, students, media etc. to your campus.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:08 PM

Hey look, he donated 10 mil to a perennial bottom feeder.

 

Troll much?



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:44 PM

Why did UNCC built their own stadium? Why not use BOA stadium?

Lawcat mostly nailed it. Few teams can put 70,000 butts in seats. Charlotte certainly isn't going to do it unless they are hosting South Carolina, Clemson, or maybe UNC or NC State, although I'm not sure those games would even draw more than 65,000 (ECU vs USC didn't even draw that many).

 

Additionally, the cost to rent BoA is in the neighborhood of $600,000 per game.

 

Instead, we have a small, but beautiful on campus stadium that has been built to be expanded without any demolition to 40,000. 40,000 will sustain our needs for a long long time. Up to 60,000 seats can be added to the on campus stadium, but I doubt that will ever be necessary. BoA is always there if we need a stadium with capacity greater than 40,000.

 

Atmosphere in a full or nearly full 15,000 or 40,000 seat stadium is MUCH better than 40,000 in a 72,000 seat stadium.

 

We looked into using Memorial Stadium (21,000 capacity), but it needed millions in upgrades and it would have made it more difficult for students to make it to games, so we decided we needed to have an on campus stadium. I think it was the right choice. Memorial Stadium is a dump. One side of the upper deck was condemned and torn down last year.

 

Instead we get this:

 

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And have plans to expand to this in the future:

 

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:02 PM

So how does this affect the cap?

Just kidding!


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