First Charlotte spring game attracts 13,950 fans

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 03:29 PM

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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.