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Beer garden among changes at Charlotte 49ers football games

Charlotte 49ers home football games at Richardson Stadium is set for a number of changes this season, including a beer garden and new concession offerings.
Charlotte 49ers home football games at Richardson Stadium is set for a number of changes this season, including a beer garden and new concession offerings. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

A beer garden, changes in parking and new concession offerings are among changes fans attending Charlotte 49ers home football games will see this season.

The 49ers’ home opener is Saturday against N.C. A&T. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

The beer garden, a first for the stadium, will be near the north end zone and will be open to fans 21 and older. Beverages must be consumed in the beer garden area and will not be allowed in other areas of the stadium. This marks the first time beer has been sold at Richardson Stadium.

Construction of new classroom buildings and work related to the new light rail line extension (which will not be operating until next spring) have forced changes in parking for football games, school officials say.

A full list of parking options and game-day traffic regulations on campus is available here: http://pats.uncc.edu/parking/football-parking. Shuttle bus service will operate from 90 minutes before kickoff until 45 minutes after the game, with links to all football parking areas.

Officials say concession stands will have new offerings, including salted caramel pretzels, 1-liter bottled water, barbecued bacon burgers and fresh-popped kettle corn.

The 49ers also have a new mobile ticket option this season, with fans able to display tickets through their mobile devices.

For ticket information, call 704-687-4949 or check www.charlotte49ers.com.

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