Charlotte FC’s inaugural season is upon us.
The big picture: Tickets are hot. It’s going to be a full house for Charlotte FC’s home opener, with over 70,000 tickets sold. Charlotte kicks off at 7:30pm against LA Galaxy.
Yes, but: What about tailgating? We got you. The tailgates on the list below kick off March 5, and will repeat for the whole first season.
- If pregaming is more your style, check out these spots.
Details: Tailgating starts at 2pm and supporters will march at 6pm to Bank of America Stadium, past Clutch and the Carolina Panthers’ practice fields, up the greenway connector and around Bank of America Stadium to the newly renovated East Gate. Keep in mind:
- The tailgate is free and open for all, but you cannot park here.
- The Taco Guy will provide authentic street tacos, which are free for members, or you can purchase a meal ticket for $10.
- BYOB and no hard liquor.
Gōl Elevated Tailgate Experience will party at 704 Morris St.
Details: Tailgating runs from 2-10pm. Admission is $6 and includes a beer, seltzer or a house cocktail.
- Tickets are $6.
2022 Carolina Goal Zone Tailgate will host an all-inclusive tailgate at 1022 S. Tryon St.
Details: Tickets start at $24.99 and include entertainment, tailgate games, a buffet with a City BBQ station, and non-alcoholic drinks.
- A VIP ticket gets you all of that, plus a guaranteed table and VIP bar line, beer, wine, and liquor for $74.99.
- Tailgating starts three hours before the match.
- Check out more tailgating gear.
If you’re looking to support local:
- Glory Days Apparel’s “I Fuchs With CLT” T-shirt ($32) is a good place to start, but it is March and a little chilly at night, so their glass shatter soccer sweatshirt ($58) may be the way to go.
- 704 Shop created a CLT soccer T-shirt ($35), which quickly sold out.
If you’re intrigued by supporter groups (SG), here’s what you need to know:
Charlotte FC’s SG council has five member organizations:
To become a SG council member, you have to meet certain criteria, like having at least 22 pledged members with season tickets in the supporters’ section at Bank of America Stadium and committing to one community service initiative quarterly.
- A key SG council function is voting on how they spend money to buy flags, TIFO supplies, which comes from $50 of every season ticket in the SG section at Bank of America Stadium.
- What’s a TIFO? You’ll know it when you see it Saturday night, but think of a massive banner in the SG section.
- Also, anyone can create an SG, and there are more than the five groups listed above.
- “I say Charlotte, is wonderful. It’s full of banks, beer and soccer,” the chant goes.
What they’re saying: “We’ve got a really passionate group of fans who care about this experience who are working tirelessly with the club to make sure on March 5, when we open those doors to a sold-out crowd, everyone is going to feel that energy,” Charlotte FC chief fan officer Shawn McIntosh told Axios. “Whether it’s what happens on the pitch or in the stands, we want people to leave that game know it was really special.”