Charlotte's first college football game is sellout

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The first football game for the Charlotte 49ers is the city's hottest ticket, so hot that some students can't even get one.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/17hCpRi) the game against Campbell scheduled for Saturday at Richardson Stadium is a sellout, and that an online ticket seller is asking as much as $200.

However, hundreds of students who were hoping to see their school's first game will be on the outside with no way to look in. Nearly 7,500 game tickets are allotted to students, but 8,300 had requested them. A lottery determined who would receive tickets, and the result means 800 students are left to watch the game on television, or at the viewing party at the student union.

Students are paying increased fees to help pay for the stadium.

"We know the students who got tickets are excited and the ones who didn't are unhappy," said school spokesman Tom Whitestone. "But there are just no more tickets."

The rest of the stadium's seating is divided among 6,800 season-ticket and permanent-seat license holders and about 1,000 for players' families, the opposing team's fans, recruits, sponsors and high school coaches.

Whitestone said the school will not distribute standing-room-only tickets to students who didn't have their names drawn in the lottery. Temporary stands are also not planned for this season in Richardson Stadium, which will likely be expanded to 40,000 seats by 2015, when the 49ers move to Conference USA in college football's highest classification.

A second lottery for 100 tickets is scheduled for Thursday. Also, students may wait in a stand-by line before the game Saturday if some student tickets go unused.