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What is our goal?
To bring college football to Charlotte
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Why is it important?
By bringing college football to Charlotte we’ll be uniting a place we love with a game we love. We’ll be establishing a tradition and legacy that will last for generations. We’ll also be enhancing student life on campus while fueling pride in the community.
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What can I do to make sure college football comes to Charlotte?
Secure your seat by purchasing an FSL. Charlotte 49er football may not happen if we don’t have enough support. Join our team by becoming a founding member of Charlotte 49ers football.
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What is an FSL?
It’s a 49ers Seat License, which means you have a license to purchase season tickets to Charlotte 49ers home football games. And you have the right to transfer the license to someone else.
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Is every FSL the same?
No. There are three tiers of FSLs – Green, Gold and White Gold.

  • 1) The Green Tier FSLs are located between the 30-yard line to the End Zone and cost $1,000, plus an optional minimum annual contribution to the Athletic Foundation of $250 to make the seat location permanent.
  • 2) The Gold Tier FSLs are located between the 30-yard lines and cost $2,500 plus an annual contribution to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation beginning in the fiscal year July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013. The required annual contributions will make the seats permanent.
  • 3) The White Gold Tier offers exclusive premium FSLs. Please contact the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-4950 for more information.

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How are seat locations determined?
For the Green and Gold Tiers, your initial seat location is determined by your Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation Rank. Your rank is determined by the amount of cumulative financial contribution you have previously made to the Athletic Foundation. If you are not currently a member of the Athletic Foundation, you may join for as little as $49 a year. Membership will enable you to begin earning points that affect your ranking. Please contact the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-4950 for further details.
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Do I have to give to the Athletic Foundation Annual Fund?
If you purchase Gold Tier FSLs, the answer is Yes. A minimum annual contribution is required based on the number of FSLs purchased. This contribution will make your seat locations permanent.

If you purchase Green Tier FSLs, a contribution is not required when owning 1 to 4 FSLs. However, if you contribute at least $250 annually per account, your seat locations will be permanent. Ownership of 5 or more Green Tier FSLs does require a minimum annual contribution. This, too, will make your seat locations permanent.

Please see the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation Annual Fund Requirement Chart listed below for necessary contribution amounts. Athletic Foundation Annual Fund requirements will begin in the fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022).

Athletic Foundation Annual Fund

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How many FSLs may I purchase?
This is determined by your membership level in the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation. A maximum number of 16 FSLs will be allowed for purchase. Please see the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation Annual Fund Requirement Chart for more details.
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May I transfer my FSL to someone else?
Yes. You may transfer your FSL to a member of your immediate family at any time. You may transfer your FSL to anyone you like for a $300 transfer fee, once a year, beginning July 1, 2012. Once an FSL holder transfers an FSL, all rights and responsibilities associated with that FSL and seat are transferred to the new FSL holder.
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Is the cost of my FSL tax deductible?
We were originally advised by in-house tax advisors that the purchase of FSLs would not be tax deductible. However, we are pleased to let you know that, after further inquiries, we have been advised by outside tax counsel that FSL purchases could be considered tax deductible under IRS Section 170 (I). This rule allows a donor to deduct 80% of the amount paid to an institution of higher education which results in the right to purchase tickets for seating at an athletic event. As always, we encourage you to consult your tax advisor prior to claiming any deductions.
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Do I have to buy season tickets every year to maintain my FSL?
Yes. An FSL is a license to purchase Season Tickets. If an FSL holder fails to purchase season tickets, the holder forfeits the FSL and its entire value. The FSL automatically reverts to the possession of the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation.
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How and where do I purchase my FSLs?
FSLs may be purchased online at www.charlotte49erfootball.com. Those who have their names on the existing Reservation List are assured of an opportunity to purchase Green Tier FSLs until 5:00 pm Friday, April 3, 2009.

If you are not on the Reservation List, you may get on our our Green Tier waiting list by completing the FSL purchasing process online. After April 3, we will validate waiting list FSLs according to the date they were purchased. Gold Tier FSLs are available to purchase immediately and are not subject to prior reservation.

After you purchase your FSLs online, a contract will be mailed to you. Simply fill out and return this contract to complete the FSL purchase.
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When and where will the 49ers play?
The inaugural season of Charlotte 49ers football is scheduled for Fall 2013. We are currently assessing all of our options for both temporary and permanent stadiums. Our objective is to build a stadium on the campus of UNC Charlotte. At present, the plan is to have approximately 15,000 seats. FSL sales will provide a portion of the money needed to start football at UNC Charlotte. We are extremely excited by the tremendous amount of initial support from alumni, students, faculty/staff and the Charlotte community. As an FSL owner, you will be continuously updated on the progress of the Charlotte 49ers football program.
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Do I need to own an FSL to purchase tickets?
At this time, the only way to guarantee your right to purchase tickets for Charlotte 49ers football is to purchase an FSL.
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Will I be able to choose my seat location?
No. Seat locations will be determined by your Athletic Foundation Rank and the Tier of your FSL.
The Green Tier FSLs are located between the 30-yard line to the End Zone and cost $1,000, plus an optional minimum annual contribution to the Athletic Foundation of $250 to make the seat location permanent.
The Gold Tier FSLs are located between the 30-yard lines and cost $2,500 plus an annual contribution to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation beginning in the fiscal year July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013. The required annual contributions will make the seats permanent.
The White Gold Tier offers exclusive premium FSLs. Please contact the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-4950 for more information.
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Will my seat be the same from year to year?
Your seat location will be permanent only if you own an FSL and make the required contribution for your Tier to the Athletic Foundation Annual Fund.
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Will the cost of the FSL be considered a contribution to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation?
No, however, if you are a contributing member to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation, you will receive a priority point credit bonus equal to the amount of your FSL purchase.  The amount paid each year for your FSL will not count towards your earned membership level for benefit purposes in the Athletic Foundation.
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How do I make my seat location permanent?
You make your seat location permanent by meeting the minimum annual Foundation contribution for your tier based on the number of tickets you purchase. For one to four tickets, the minimum annual Foundation contribution is $250 for the Green Tier and $1,500 for the Gold Tier.
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What happens if I have purchased an FSL in the Gold Tier and do not pay the annual contribution?
If you have purchased an FSL in the Gold Tier and do not pay the annual contribution, you will lose your permanent seat location and be moved to the Green Tier.
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What happens if I have purchased an FSL in the Green Tier and do not pay the optional annual contribution?
If you have purchased an FSL in the Green Tier and do not pay the annual contribution, your seat location will not be permanent.
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If I’m currently a Green Jacket donor or a foundation donor at any level, will my current donations be credited to my football status?
Yes.
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Will I have the ability to upgrade my FSL?
Yes. You may upgrade your FSL based on availability. Please contact the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-4950 for more information.
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Can I purchase additional FSLs after my initial purchase?
Yes. You may purchase additional FSLs based on availability. Location of FSLs may need to change to accommodate additional purchases.
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Can I have my FSLs located next to a block of friends?
Yes, however since seating location will be based on Athletic Foundation Rank, individuals who want to sit together will be assigned at the lowest ranking member of the block.
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Why should I make a contribution to the Athletic Foundation?
Your annual contributions provide the yearly financial resources needed to operate the athletic program. The Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation provides educational and athletic opportunities to over 250 male and female student-athletes in 16 varsity sports. With the addition of Football and 2-3 Women’s Sports, this need will be even greater.
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Will I be allowed to apply my company match to pay for FSLs?
No.  Due to the ownership and transferability of the FSL, the purchase is not considered an outright contribution.
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Why are there Annual Fund Requirements to purchase more than 4 FSLs?
Annual Fund Requirements allow for a more equitable distribution of seating assignments.
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How will my FSL purchase be validated?
You will receive a legal contract after your initial deposit or full payment is received.
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Is this an Athletic Department project or a university project?
We believe this is a city project. Certainly this is a university-wide undertaking that will greatly enhance both the athletic department and the university. At the same time, this endeavor can and will greatly enhance the city of Charlotte, and we will be reaching out to the city for assistance and support.
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Is there any way UNC Charlotte can start football before 2013?
No. We need the time between now and 2013 to fundraise and properly implement the program starting from scratch.
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Are you going to offer a payment plan?
Yes, we’ve developed a payment plan that will allow you to have a payment deducted each month from your credit card. The installments are determined by the number of months left before June 2012 (when final payments are due). For example, if you purchase one Green Tier FSL in July 2009, your total will be divided by 36 months, which would be around $28 per month until June 2012. Monthly payment options are not available online, so those purchases will need to be made via phone or mail. To begin this payment plan, call (704) 687-4950 or (704) 687-4949.
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How much will season tickets cost?
Season ticket pricing is dependent on many factors, including the number of home games played, so we are not able to determine the price at this time.
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When will you begin to hire football personnel?
There is a plan in place for hiring and it’s dependent upon reaching our funding goals. We’ve projected hiring a coach in 2011.
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I’ve already purchased an FSL. Now how can I help?
We’re always looking for more volunteers to help us spread the word and gather support. Just call (704) 687-4950 and let us know you’d like to help bring college football to UNC Charlotte.
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