CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The University of North Carolina at Charlotte took the next step toward its inaugural football season by breaking ground for its new stadium today.
The groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of construction on the new 15,000-seat stadium.
UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois says the stadium is expandable to 40,000 seats and is part of a series of building projects over the past few years that is knitting together the Queen City and the university's 25,000 students.
The 49ers' first football game is scheduled for August 2013 against Campbell University.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)