|Jerry Richardson Stadium|
8701 Phillips Road
Charlotte, NC 28223
Jerry Richardson Stadium, a 15,000-seat facility that was built so that it is expandable to 40,000 seats, houses the 49ers football program which took the field for the first time in the inaugural 2013 season.
The Football Stadium Complex includes the 15,000 seat Jerry Richardson Stadium, the Judy W. Rose Football Center, McColl-Richardson Field and two practice fields. A 6,636 square-foot press box, complete with media seating, a university box and television and radio booths adorn the west sideline at the concourse level. The field house includes coaches offices and meeting rooms, locker rooms and weight and training rooms as well as a 1,920 square-foot Academic Center, a 2,757 square-foot tiered classroom and a 5,947 square-foot Hospitality Deck.
McColl-Richardson Field, the approximately 98,000 square-foot stadium field, is a synthetic playing surface with inlay graphics and lines. A full length practice field and an 80-yard practice field are set off the east entrance. The Bermuda turf sod practice fields total approximately 145,000 square feet.
"A lot about the face of our campus has changed in just 6 years - we've opened our new Student Union, we're about to celebrate the opening of the Center City Building in Uptown, our EPIC building is nearing completion and our football stadium will quickly rise from the ground in front of the Charlotte Research Institute campus," Chancellor Dr. Philip Dubois said as the 49ers prepared to break ground on the new stadium. "All of these spaces will make it easier for our growing student body - now 25,000 students strong - our 90,000 alumni and the community to come together. On April 28, we will not only break ground on a football stadium, we will break in a new tradition."
"To be at this point, thanks to the support and hard work of so many people, is beyond words," Director of Athletics Judy Rose said of the stadium construction. "Looking back, we have come an enormous distance. This project, however, has always been about looking forward. Construction of the stadium gives us an even clearer picture of what fall Saturdays will look like in 2013. All of Niner Nation is anxious to get the construction process underway and watch the stadium take shape."
Local architect Jenkins • Peer Architects and national design firm DLR Group created the stadium design while the Construction Manager was Rodgers PCL Russell.
Jenkins • Peer Architects is a Charlotte-based firm that is active throughout the Carolinas. DLR Group is an integrated design firm with offices coast-to-coast and in Shanghai. DLR Group's football portfolio includes renovations to the University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and renovations and improvements to the University of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium.
Rodgers PCL Russell is a joint venture of Rodgers Builders, PCL Construction Services, and H. J. Russell & Company. The construction team has extensive experience in athletic facilities, including UNC Charlotte's James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center & Dale F. Halton Arena, The Home Depot Center, and the STAPLES Center.