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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Players and fans celebrate following the Charlotte 49ers 52-7 win over Campbell for their inaugural game at UNC Charlotte's Richardson Stadium Saturday, August 31, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    49ers coach Brad Lambert celebrates with his players following his team's 52-7 victory over Campbell at their inaugural game at UNC Charlotte's Richardson Stadium Saturday, August 31, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    49ers coach Brad Lambert is doused following his team's 52-7 victory over Campbell at their inaugural game at UNC Charlotte's Richardson Stadium Saturday, August 31, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Campbell head coach Mike Minter walks off the field following his team's loss to the 49ers at UNC Charlotte's Richardson Stadium Saturday, August 31, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte 49er fans cheer the team on in the first half Saturday. The Charlotte 49ers stormed out to an early lead and pushed it to a 35-7 advantage at halftime over the Campbell Camels Saturday .
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Charlotte 49ers stormed out onto the field to start the game and out to an early lead, pushing it to a 35-7 advantage at halftime over the Campbell Camels Saturday .
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Carroll York, 86, who played for the school's first football team in 1946 celebrated his birthday at Saturday's game. The Charlotte 49ers stormed out to an early lead and pushed it to a 35-7 advantage at halftime over the Campbell Camels Saturday .
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    A giant American flag was brought onto the field prior to the game Saturday. The Charlotte 49ers stormed out to an early lead and pushed it to a 35-7 advantage at halftime over the Campbell Camels Saturday .
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    A Charlotte 49er fan is tossed into the air after a score in the first half. The Charlotte 49ers stormed out to an early lead and pushed it to a 35-7 advantage at halftime over the Campbell Camels Saturday .
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    A large American flag covers the field during the National Anthem before the inaugural game at UNC Charlotte's Richardson Stadium Saturday, August 31, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    A large American flag covers the field during the National Anthem before the inaugural game at UNC Charlotte's Richardson Stadium Saturday, August 31, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    The 49ers take to the field for the inaugural game at UNC Charlotte's Richardson Stadium Saturday, August 31, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    49ers fans celebrate during the inaugural game at UNC Charlotte's Richardson Stadium Saturday, August 31, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    49ers fans celebrate during the inaugural game at UNC Charlotte's Richardson Stadium Saturday, August 31, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Charlotte 49ers football team walks to the stadium Saturday. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte 49ers cheerleaders fire up the crowd as they walk to the stadium Saturday morning. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans cheer from parking deck during tailgating Saturday morning prior to the Charlotte 49ers game against the Campbell Camels game. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Anthony Oliver poses for a photo by his wife Phyllis Oliver prior to the Charlotte 49ers football game Saturday. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Brad Lambert, head coach of the Charlotte 49ers football team walks with his players to the stadium Saturday morning. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Kinsey Welch 2 1/2, pats her father, Mark Welch's head as they wait for the Charlotte 49ers football players to walk to the stadium Saturday. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte 49er football players complete their walk to the football stadium Saturday morning. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Quarterback in Action statue at UNC-Charlotte was a draw for fans Saturday morning. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    A field sized American flag required practice for opening game ceremonies Saturday morning. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Amanda Bratcher, a 2011 graduate from UNC-Charlotte plays corn hole Saturday morning. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    David Smith, a 2008 grad at Charlotte grills some burgers prior to the game Saturday morning. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jack Roth, 13, watches his brother Jason Roth, 11, catch a pass from their father Drew Roth Saturday prior to the Charlotte 49ers football game. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte 49er football players complete their walk to the football stadium Saturday morning. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Drew Roth tosses a football to his sons Jack,13 and Jason, 11, prior to the Charlotte 49ers game against the Campbell Camels. Saturday was a day of tradition building for the Charlotte 49er fans and football players. Fans were hyped by the Charlotte 49er drum line, cheerleaders and dance team as they tailgated in parking lots across campus.
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