(06-20-2012 05:42 PM)Matrix Wrote: I'm curious as to how everything fell into place and that the process of getting state of the art facilities such as this appeared to go so smoothly. Is there anyone here that can share some insight on how Charlotte was so successful in this endeavor? Pending congratulations, by the way.
Timeline might help here:
- Charlotte is booted from CUSA to A10 because of lack of football. Most of us assume if we'd had football then we'd have had a good chance of moving to the BE because of our basketball record in CUSA.
- The Charlotte Football Initiative (CFI) is formed, by a group of message board posters (fans and students). They begin taking "pledges" of financial support on their website.
- CFI student members are elected to SB President and VP at UNC Charlotte
- UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees agrees to form a Football Feasibility Committee. Outgoing BoT Chairman and former Wachovia VP Mac Everett is chosen to lead the committee.
- Student vote is held online for whether students would support student fee increases to finance football. Over 8000 (largest student turnout in UNC System student government vote history) and 1/3rd of the student body. Over 80% vote for fees of over $100 per semester increase.
- After 9 months of deliberations the Football Feasibility Committee unanimously recommends starting football with the goal of moving to FBS ASAP.
- Chancellor Dubois then launches his on 9 month review of the committee's recommendation.
- CFI and SGA then organize a "March to the End Zone" rally. About 2500 show up and at the end the Chancellor addressed the crowd.
- Chancellor Dubois recommends to the Board of Trustees that Charlotte start football.
- The BoT votes unanimously to add football.
- University begins selling seat licenses.
- BoT get together and donate $1.5 million toward football, which along with $4.2 million in FSL revenue puts us over the $5M goal set for the program to proceed.
- The System Board of Governors approves adding the bonds to finance Charlotte's football stadium construction toward the UNC System budget proposal.
- The state legislature passes the 2011 state budget including the UNC System's budget.
- Governor Purdue signs the bill into law.
April 30, 2011
- We break ground on our stadium.