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  • 2006
    Charlotte Football Initiative (CFI) is formed. The grassroots group hopes to bring football to the 49ers.
  • December 2006
    Board of Trustees authorizes study of football.
  • March 2007
    Chancellor Dubois appoints Football Feasibility Committee, chaired by former Board of Trustees Chair Mac Everett.
  • February 15, 2008
    Football Feasibility Committee unanimously recommends addition of football
  • September 16, 2008
    "March to the Endzone" Pep Rally held by 49ers student body.
  • September 18, 2008
    Chancellor recommends addition of football to Board of Trustees.
  • November 13, 2008
    Board of Trustees passes recommendation without opposition.
  • December 9, 2009
    DLR Group and Jenkins-Peer Architects presents initial renderings of football stadium.
  • December 11, 2009
    Board of Trustees unanimously approves funding plan.
  • February 12, 2010
    Board of Governors unanimously approves funding plan.
  • June/July 2010
    Legislature approves Capital Project bill.
  • August 2010
    Governor Bev Purdue signs non-appropriated Capital Project bill.
  • August 11, 2010
    "Done Deal" celebration at Student Union.
  • August 26, 2010
    49ers schedule first football series.
  • September 22, 2010
    49ers schedule inaugural home game vs. Campbell, August 31, 2013.
  • Mar. 1, 2011
    49ers name Brad Lambert as first head coach of football.
  • April 28, 2011
    Over 3,000 fans celebrate Groundbreaking for the 49ers Football Stadium.
  • November 1, 2011
    49ers announce naming of McColl-Richardson Field for banking pioneer Hugh McColl and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
  • February 1, 2012
    49ers sign first freshman class of 27 players.
  • April 11, 2012
    49ers hold walk-on tryouts.
  • May 4, 2012
    49ers announce they will join Conference USA in football in 2015 (all other sports in 2013-14). Move fast tracks 49ers to FBS level after initial two seasons as an FCS Independent.
  • July 25, 2012
    Head coach Brad Lambert unveils the 49ers white helmet design.
  • August 8, 2012
    Keys are officially turned over to the 49ers to take ownership of the football field house.
  • August 11, 2012
    Goalposts are installed at football stadium.
  • August 11, 2012
    In a surprise announcement, Dale Halton, who purchased naming rights to Field House and Chancellor Dubois, name Judy W. Rose Football Center for current longtime athletic director.
  • August 16, 2012
    The 49ers first team reports to campus. Holds first team meeting the following day.
  • August 23, 2012
    Installation of turf begins at the football stadium.
  • August 27, 2012
    First workout session for the 49ers football team on practice fields.
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