Charlotte FC’s inaugural season kicks off at the end of February, marking the official start of a new professional sports franchise in the Queen City.
The arrival of a new team in Charlotte means local sports fans are getting ready to check out a new team, buy new merchandise and get to know a new head coach.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Charlotte FC’s opener:
Schedule Charlotte FC 2022
Charlotte FC’s regular season opener is Feb. 26 against DC United, and the team’s first home game is March 5 against LA Galaxy.
In total, the team will play 17 regular season home games in 2022. The season will conclude in October with a final home game against Philadelphia. The team’s regular season finale is at the New York Red Bulls.
View the full program here.
Where does Charlotte FC play?
Charlotte’s new professional sports franchise will share a stadium with another, the Carolina Panthers.
Bank of America Stadium will also host Charlotte FC. The stadium underwent a year-long renovation that cost around $50 million in anticipation of the move.
Who is the manager of Charlotte FC?
Miguel Ángel Ramírez joined Charlotte FC in July.
The 36-year-old comes from Spain to Charlotte, and he previously coached Independiente del Valle, a club in Ecuador’s top Serie A league, and Brazilian side Internacional. He was also a youth academy coach in Spain, Greece and Qatar.
Learn more about his background and coaching philosophy here.
Roster of Charlotte FC
The expansion team roster is still building up, Ramírez told reporters in early February.
“Of course we have to strengthen the squad,” Ramírez said. “We need something else to be more competitive.”
The current roster features 24 players from international backgrounds as well as players recruited from colleges as close as Clemson.
You can see the full list at charlottefootballclub.com/roster.
How to Buy Charlotte FC Tickets
Charlotte FC sells season tickets, single match tickets, club tickets and premium tickets.
Single game tickets are currently available from $25 to over $150. Season passes and premium packages can cost up to $1,000.
Tickets can be purchased through the team’s TicketMaster site by visiting charlottefootballclub.com/tickets.
Charlotte FC TV Schedule
This season, eight Charlotte FC games will be broadcast on national television. Additionally, 26 games will air on local Carolina stations, including the WSOC in Charlotte.
Programs in Spanish will be broadcast on Telemundo Charlotte.
Matches will also be available to stream on the Charlotte FC website and ESPN+. They will also be broadcast on radio, including on WFNZ in Charlotte.
Soccer Bars in Charlotte
If you prefer to watch games alongside other fans, there are plenty of bars around Charlotte that host football-mad crowds on game days.
Some even organize official watch club evenings.
Where to find Charlotte FC merchandise and jerseys
New merch is, for many, the key to adopting a new team, and there’s already plenty of Charlotte FC gear available.
The team’s official MLS store features jerseys as well as hats, sweatshirts, tailgate supplies and more. Fanatics.com also sells licensed clothing and other gear.
If you prefer to buy gear in person, the Bank of America team store at 800 S. Mint St. carries Charlotte FC merchandise.
Charlotte Observer reporters Alex Andrejev and Alex Cason contributed to this report.