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Undergraduate Catalog | 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2019-2020 Previous Edition

Athletics and Recreation

Charlotte 49ers/Athletics

The Charlotte 49ers Department of Athletics provides competition in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports for men and women.  Each sport competes under the governing powers of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level, which is the highest competitive level for collegiate varsity sports.  Scholarships are available for all varsity sports, male and female.

Male student-athletes compete in nine sports:  baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.  Female student-athletes compete in eight sports:  basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. 

The Charlotte 49ers are affiliated with the Conference USA with play in the league beginning during the 2013-14 season.  Conference USA is comprised of 14 schools: UNC Charlotte, UAB, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Mississippi, UTEP, UTSA, and Western Kentucky.  Conference USA tournament champions in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and volleyball receive automatic bids to the NCAA post-season tournaments.  Bowl bids are available to Conference USA schools in football.


On-campus facilities play host to Charlotte 49ers athletics, with the exception of golf and cross-country.  Sites for home competition for the 49ers include:

  • McColl-Richardson Field at Jerry Richardson Stadium (football)
  • Halton Arena (basketball and volleyball)
  • Irwin Belk Center and Transamerica Field (soccer and track and field)
  • Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex (tennis)
  • Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium (baseball)
  • Sue M. Daughtridge Stadium at Phillips Complex (softball)

For more information about the Charlotte 49ers, please visit Charlotte49ers.com

UNC Charlotte students receive FREE ADMISSION to all regular-season home athletic contests.  
For all events, students gain admission with a valid UNC Charlotte student ID.

University Recreation

University Recreation develops and conducts programs and services that provide opportunities for University students and faculty/staff members to participate in recreational activities.  Intramural Sports are scheduled throughout the year in both tournament and league formats for individuals, pairs, and teams.  Sport Clubs provide an opportunity to participate in a single sport on a continuing basis.  Approximately forty clubs, ranging from equestrian to lacrosse to tennis, are active each semester.  Fitness opportunities include Group Fitness classes like Zumba, Cycling, Yoga, and Barre.  Personal Training is also available.  The Aquatics program offers competitive log rolling, open swim, and instructional swim.  Three major Special Events are offered each year: RecFest, 49er Gold Rush 5K, and the On the Green Golf Tournament.  The special events are open to the public and may involve food, games, prizes, entertainment, and competition.  In addition to structured sports programs, the division promotes the concept of informal use of recreational facilities through the Open Recreation Program.  University Recreation hires hundreds of students each year for jobs such as sport officials, group fitness instructors, personal trainers, lifeguards, office assistants, and more.  For additional information, visit urec.uncc.edu.

Recreational Facilities

Indoor Facilities

Belk Gymnasium

The Belk Gymnasium (renovation completed 2016) features multipurpose courts for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; an indoor swimming pool; racquetball courts; group fitness studio; cycling studio; a state-of-the-art fitness center; multipurpose room; and lockers for students, faculty, and staff.  It also houses newly renovated classrooms and an auditorium for meetings and presentations.

Student Activity Center

The James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC) is a multi-purpose facility designed to meet the diverse social, cultural, and recreational needs of students at UNC Charlotte.  The SAC is home to the Halton Arena, a 9,000 seat venue hosting athletic events, concerts, lectures, and a variety of other university functions.

Retractable seating in the area folds back to reveal four recreational courts that may be used for Intramural Sports, open recreation, sports clubs, or for special events including job fairs, trade shows, etc.  Other recreational offerings include a state-of-the-art fitness center, group fitness studio, indoor track, and indoor climbing wall.  In addition to the physical fitness and wellness facilities, the SAC also serves as a meeting place for students and the campus community.  The third floor of the SAC is comprised of a large and gracious hospitality area that can be sub-divided into five separate meeting salons.  Adjacent to the hospitality area is a campus catering kitchen, serving the special events in the SAC as well as other campus events.

University Recreation Center (coming Fall 2019)

The University Recreation Center, also known as UREC, is a 148,000 square foot space dedicated to student recreation and fitness.  The facility will feature an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, multi-purpose courts, group fitness studios, a cycling studio, an elevated running/walking track, and multi-floor cardio and strength training equipment.  Its mission is to engage the University community through recreational programs, activities, and facilities - this facility is designed to do just that, by encouraging patrons to a healthy and active lifestyle!  The building is expected to open in the Fall of 2019.

Outdoor Facilities

Northeast Recreational Field Complex

A 21-acre complex with lighted synthetic turf fields that can be used for Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, and open recreation.

Hayes Recreational Field Complex

Located off Phillips Road above the Wells Fargo Field House, these lighted fields combine nearly 5 acres of natural turf with five and one-half acres of synthetic turf for a great outdoor experience.  Available for Sport Clubs, Intramural Sports, and open recreational use when not reserved.