|UNC system OKs UNC Charlotte football|
|Board of governors approve plan to play in 2013|
|Published Friday, February 12, 2010 1:08 pm|
UNC Charlotte is a step closer to launching a football program.
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors unanimously approved UNCC’s funding plan Friday Chapel Hill. The school plans to field a Division I football program in 2013 and play games on campus.
“We can see the goal line,” said UNCC Chancellor Philip Dubois said in a statement. “We still have some more to do, but it was gratifying to see the unanimous vote from the board of governors. That shows the trust they have in our trustees and our ability to handle this project properly. We may not see the full benefit for 20 years but in the meantime our students will have a more complete college experience – which is one of the reasons we want to do this.”
The school has sold more than 3,200 seat licenses to fund football, but still needed the UNC system board to approve its funding plan, a combination of a debt-service fee and private support. The plan was approved by UNCC’s board of trustees in December.
“I am so thrilled for our university,” UNCC Athletics Director Judy Rose said. “It is exciting for our former, current and future students. This decision will enhance the campus life in a way nothing else can.”
The final step will come this summer when the General Assembly considers the university’s non-appropriated capital budget, which will include the approval of the issuance of debt for construction of the football complex as well as other construction projects on campus.
Proponents say football will boost UNCC’s profile regionally and nationally as well as provide another rally point for students and alumni.
“The academic programs at Charlotte have always been strong,” Rose added. “They became stronger when we added masters degrees and even stronger and more respected when we became a doctoral granting institution that focused on research. Now our athletic program has the same opportunity for greatness. Our athletic programs have always been strong. Now, we can become stronger. Football has been the missing link.”
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