The Charlotte 49ers are preparing for a big night when Appalachian State comes to town on Sept. 8.
The 49ers are adding about 2,500 temporary seats to Richardson Stadium for the 6 p.m. football game against the Mountaineers, natural rivals for Charlotte who share recruiting turf and have won three consecutive bowl games. That will increase the stadium’s capacity from 15,314 to about 17,814.
There’s little doubt that Mountaineers fans will grab as many available tickets as they can (visiting teams are also typically alotted several hundred tickets for their fans by the home team). So the 49ers, who have struggled with attendance in recent seasons, have taken measures to make sure as many Charlotte fans as possible have first crack at tickets for the Appalachian game and the rest of the season.
A presale for single-game tickets for the season will begin June 11 for 49ers permanent seat license holders and on June 18 for season-ticket holders. Any tickets left unsold by July 31 will go on sale to the general public.
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“This will be an exciting day - the birth of a rivalry - and we want to make sure Niner Nation is out in full force,” 49ers athletics director Mike Hill said in a statement about the Appalachian State game. “Our goal is to give our ardent fan base the first opportunity to buy tickets, starting with our opener (Sept. 1) vs. Fordham.”
Permanent seat license holders will be allowed a maximum of four single-game tickets per game. Season ticket holders can buy tickets on a one-to-one basis per account with a maximum of four per game.
Game times, TV information
Conference USA announced a multi-year deal Thursday with ESPN that will increase the league’s exposure on the network’s platforms, including ESPN3 and subscription-based ESPN+.
The league also announced its football broadcast schedule. Here’s Charlotte’s:
Sept. 1, Fordham (6 p.m., ESPN+); 8, Appalachian State (6 p.m., ESPN+); 15, Old Dominion (6 p.m., ESPN+); 22, at Massachusetts (Time, TV TBA); 29, at Ala.-Birmingham (Time TBA, ESPN3).
Oct. 13, Western Kentucky (3:30 p.m., ESPN+); 20, at Middle Tennessee (3 p.m., ESPN3); 27, Southern Mississippi (2 p.m., ESPN3).
Nov. 3, at Tennessee (Time, TV TBA); 10, at Marshall (2:30 p.m., ESPN+); 17, Florida International (2 p.m., ESPN3); 24, at Florida Atlantic (TBA, Stadium network).
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