While the Charlotte Independence awaits word on where it will play this season, a stadium construction company has tweeted renderings of what a temporary 4,300-seat facility at Charlotte’s Ramblewood Soccer Complex would look like.
Team president Jim McPhilliamy is hopeful that a deal will soon be worked out that will temporarily house the Independence at Ramblewood in south Charlotte for its first season in the United Soccer League (formerly known as USL Pro). The team will move to Memorial Stadium after renovations are completed before the 2016 season.
“It can be built by mid-April, but we still have county permitting that we are working through,” McPhilliamy said of the temporary stadium, which would be built by Nussli Group, a Swiss-based company that has built temporary stadiums for soccer’s World Cup, the Olympics and pro tennis tournaments. “The reason we picked Ramblewood is it has the best (field) that was available to us as a home venue.”
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McPhilliamy said that until the deal at Ramblewood is completed and the stadium is constructed, the Independence will play its home games at the Charlotte 49ers’ Transamerica Field. The Independence opens its season March 27 with a home game against the Charleston Battery.
“We could have pieced the season together, but playing as nomads is not the way to create a winning team,” McPhilliamy said by text message.
The Ramblewood stadium would include a 350-seat club section and VIP lounge, as well as a standing-room-only beer garden. Parking would be available in a business park lot adjacent to Ramblewood. McPhilliamy said ticket prices will start at $8.