Charlotte 49ers to open 2016 football season with Louisville Cardinals

The Charlotte 49ers will open their 2016 football season with a game at Louisville, the 49ers announced Friday.

The game against the Cardinals on Sept. 3 in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium completes Charlotte’s non-Conference USA slate for that season. The 49ers will play home games against Elon of the Football Championship Subdivision on Sept. 10, Eastern Michigan on Sept. 17 and at Temple on Sept. 24.

The 49ers’ first season in C-USA and the Football Bowl Subdivision is 2015, with Charlotte opening at Georgia State in early September. (The game is scheduled for Sept. 3, but might be changed due to a possible conflict with the Alanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome.)

Other nonconference games in 2015 include Presbyterian on Sept. 12, Temple on Oct. 3 and at Kentucky on Nov. 21. Conference USA is expected to release conference opponents for each team soon, with the full conference schedule coming out in February.

In 2017, the 49ers will play nonconference games at Eastern Michigan and Kansas State and at home against Georgia State. Charlotte also has games with Appalachian State scheduled for 2018 and ’19.