First Charlotte spring game attracts 13,950 fans

First Charlotte spring game attracts 13,950 fans

Credit: Kevin Wardlaw / NBC Charlotte Photographer

First Charlotte spring game attracts 13,950 fans

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 11:07 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nearly 14,000 fans attended the Charlotte 49ers inaugural spring football game at the school's new 15,300-seat stadium.  

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was among those in attendance Saturday as the Green team beat the White 26-3. Quarterback Matt Johnson was 13 of 14 for 174 yards and a touchdown.  

Charlotte athletic director Judy Rose called it a "phenomenal" day in 49ers history with more school pride on display than any time in her 38 years at the school.   

Charlotte showed off its pristine stadium complex that includes a 46,000-square-foot football center with a state-of-the-art training facility.  

The 49ers begin their first season Aug. 31 against Campbell as an independent and move to Conference USA and the higher Football Bowl Subdivision level in 2015.

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