Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of college football season with the National Football Season starting soon after. Charlotte, NC has grown to become a football city with calling the Carolina Panthers its hometown professional team along with other local colleges. In addition, multiple neutral site college games, such as the 2018 Belk College Kickoff between the West Virginia Mountaineers and Tennessee Volunteers.
Last month, I attended the preseason Panthers game at home against the Miami Dolphins. I had a great time watching the Panthers win with friends and my fiance. The Panthers season opener is this coming weekend against the Dallas Cowboys. We hope to make it to a regular season game later in the year.
The highest profile Division 1 college team in Charlotte is the University of North Carolina 49ers. They won their opening game against Fordham last weekend. The 49ers are a relatively new program as their first season was in 2013. This season, the 49ers are playing against two strong teams. Appalachian State is their opponent this coming weekend. They face off against Tennessee later in the season. While these teams are not in the 49ers conference, it provides them opportunities to grow and shine on a larger stage. There is plenty of great football to watch in Charlotte between college and professional this season.