Charlotte FC touts average of 31,479 fans for home games capped at 32,000

Charlotte FC is "averaging 38,646 fans per game through six home matches" at Bank of America Stadium," and excluding the 75,000-capacity opener, the average is "31,479 for the five matches when capacity has been capped at 32,000," according to Erik Spanberg of the CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL. In '21, only club -- Atlanta United FC -- had "average attendance of more than 30,000 per game." Atlanta United last season averaged "just under 44,000 per match" (, 5/18).

BUILDING DREAMS: Charlotte FC execs said that building a permanent training HQ is a "priority." They acknowledged that there are "no definitive plans in place." The CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL's Spanberg in a separate piece notes initial plans for Charlotte FC "called for building a combination team headquarters and youth academy at the former Eastland Mall property owned by the city of Charlotte." After Tepper Sports & Entertainment Owner David Tepper landed the MLS expansion team in December '19, he "soon changed his mind about a combined Charlotte FC-youth academy project." More recently, there have been "hints from Charlotte FC and city government that an MLS training center at Eastland could be in play." Charlotte FC Sporting Dir Zoran Krneta said that the "ideal situation" is to put the team with the "soon-to-launch MLS Next Pro club and the youth academy in one location." If that vision is realized, the training HQ "would need four to six full-sized fields, or pitches." Krneta said that the first team "would likely need two natural grass fields and one artificial turf pitch" (, 5/19).

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