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JUNE 16, 2016
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Charlotte’s evolution as a major sports town

I think it is safe to say that Charlotte is now a major sports town. From the Panthers playing in the Super Bowl to the PGA Championship coming in 2017 the Queen City is being featured more-and-more both nationally and internationally. Which leads to the question of when did this golden age of Charlotte sports truly begin?

There is no shortage of correct answers when it comes to this question. From the Charlotte Motor Speedway being built in 1959, the Hornets arriving in 1988 followed by the Panthers in 1995, the Queen City has had many major moments that have ushered in the era of being a major sports town.

One of my favorite major events that often goes overlooked is the 1994 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. During this time it is estimated that Charlotte’s population was only 470,000 people, but somehow the city won the bid and hosted the largest annual college sporting event. To help put it into perspective the city of Mesa, Arizona currently has an equivalent population to Charlotte's in 1994. 

As an organization CSF’s goal is to bring events large sporting events to Charlotte. Therefore, when we put in bid for the college football national championship game last year we felt confident in our ability to host such a major event. Charlotte has proven its place on the list of cities that can host major events, and as an organization we look forward to bringing more!

Miller Yoho
Director of Communications
CSF Website
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Charlotte Independence to host Swansea City of the EPL

Last week the Charlotte Independence announced they will be hosting Swansea City of England's top division in a friendly on July 13th. This is extremely exciting for the Independence and opens the door for other international clubs to take on our Jacks. The match will be taking place at Ramblewood and tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible.
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Group rates now available for the Belk Bowl

One of the goals of this newsletter is to try and pass on important ticket information, and provide you with the best possible deals. Right now we are excited to offer our group sales program for the 2016 Belk Bowl. We have a special group rate beginning at $30 per ticket in select areas of the stadium. If you are interested click the link below to send our staff an email.
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