49ers A Step Closer To Home
Hugh McColl (left) and Jerry Richardson spoke about their involvement in the UNCC football program. UNC Charlotte's new football field will be named after former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. In her announcement, athletics director Judy Rose said, "In honor of two of Charlotte's greatest corporate and community leaders, Hugh McColl and Jerry Richardson, the Charlotte 49ers football field will be named McColl-Richardson Field." Rose said the university made the decision because of the men's generous personal contributions to the new football program. While the school wouldn't reveal the exact figure the men contributed, it said the value of the field naming rights is $2.5 million dollars. Others also contributed to that fund. The school is still attempting to sell the naming rights of the stadium for $5 million dollars. UNCC Charlotte officials have had preliminary discussions with unnamed corporations to make that deal. They say those discussions have been well-received and hope today's announcement will spur discussions further. The field is part of a $45 million dollar stadium complex expected to be completed by next August. It will initially seat 15 thousand, 300, but will be built with the ability to expand to 40,000. The Charlotte 49ers will play its inaugural game at the field in 2013, the school's first football game since 1948.