UNC Charlotte students celebrated a ribbon-cutting for the 49th Acre, a three-acre student outdoor event venue and tailgate park, Saturday, Sept. 16.
The outdoor complex, made possible through a $10 million anonymous donation, will provide year-round opportunities for informal and organized student gatherings, including tailgating prior to Charlotte 49ers football games.
“One of the things I love most about the 49th Acre is that it’s another space for students to connect on campus outside of the classroom,” said Tife Olusesi, student body president. “As we begin our first year in The American and mark our 10-year anniversary of having our football program, it’s important students have a space they can gather, have fun, get hyped up and show the world how strong our Niner pride is.”
Olusesi and Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber cut the ceremonial ribbon.
The 49th Acre can accommodate more than 2,500 students. Located close to Richardson Stadium and the football practice fields, the venue includes a 8,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion, individual tailgating areas and a signature gateway portal and landscaping.