Charlotte 49ers Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Aaron Fearne

Team Mascot: Norm the Niner

Year Opened: 1996

Capacity: 9105

City / State: Charlotte / North Carolina

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Hornet’s Nest Trophy

Rival Team: Davidson Wildcats

The Charlotte 49ers and Davidson Wildcats face off each year, and the winner walks away with the Hornet’s Nest Trophy. The 49ers lead the all-time series 27-11, so come out and support Charlotte in their quest to win the Hornet’s Nest Trophy.

Charlotte vs UAB

Rival Team: UAB Blazers

You’ll be in for a hard-fought contest when attending a Charlotte-UAB game. The Blazers lead the series 29-15, but there is always lots at stake when these two meet, so don’t miss it when the Blazers come to Charlotte.

Charlotte 49ers Stadium Guide

In Game

For a relatively young program in a large city, the Charlotte 49ers have an amazing amount of support. The student section is full for just about every game, and they do an excellent job creating a home court advantage for the 49ers. All throughout the game, you’ll hear the cheers and taunts coming from the student section.

It’s not just the student section who make attending a 49ers basketball game a great experience. The Gold Dusters dance team has won numerous accolades and puts on an incredible show. The pep band isn’t half bad either and will keep the in-game spirits high even when the team is struggling.

You’ll also find some great extras to check out around Halton Arena as well. The venue is home to three statues by artist Richard Hallier, which showcase the three sports played at the arena. You’ll also see lots of banners around the arena, including one celebrating the school’s 1977 Final Four appearance.

Finally, you’ll find plenty to do after the game along University City Boulevard. Here you’ll find local favorites like Davinci’s Pizza, Amalfi’s Pizza ‘n’ Pasta, and Ciro’s.

A Charlotte 49ers game is a fantastic experience for any college hoops fan looking for a Conference USA road trip destination or looking to explore North Carolina.

Things to check out

Richard Hallier Athletic Statues

Halton Arena is home to three statues by Richard Hallier. The statues depict the three sports that take place at Halton Arena: men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and volleyball. Stop by each of the statues and snap a picture before the game.


The banners at Halton Arena celebrate the 49ers many accomplishments over the years, including Charlotte’s 1977 run to the Final Four. Take a minute before the game to check out the banners and remember your favorite 49ers moments.

Welcome Mural

Stop by and see the Welcome to Halton Arena Mural. The mural shows off pictures from all of the sports played at Halton Arena and is a cool thing to check out as you enter the venue.

Bounce House

If you’re bringing the kids to the game, make sure to take them to the bounce house. The bounce house is a great time for kids and the perfect way to work out all of their energy before the game.

Norm the Niner

Norm is the prospector mascot of the UNC Charlotte 49ers and can be seen entertaining fans at every 49ers athletics event. Norm’s zany antics will surely keep you entertained on game day making attending a 49ers game well worth your time.

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The Uh-Huh Guy

This Charlotte super fan is known for making signs and leading fans in cheers at every Charlotte sporting event. He does an outstanding job of riling up the crowd, so keep your eyes peeled for him when attending a 49ers game.

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Gold Dusters

The Gold Dusters dance team puts on an incredible show at 49ers basketball games. The dance team has won numerous accolades over the years including taking home first place at the 2010 NDA Summer Dance Camp, so enjoy their performances during the game.

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The Charlotte 49ers Cheerleaders help create a spirited atmosphere inside Halton Arena. Even when the 49ers are struggling, the cheerleaders do a great job of pumping up the crowd. Join in on the cheers to show off your support for the 49ers.

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Pep Band

Enjoy the music provided by the pep band throughout the game. The 49ers pep band will keep the energy high throughout the game with their tunes and are a big part of what makes attending a 49ers game such a special experience.

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Fight Songs

  1. Fight Song

    Hail, Char – lotte Four – ty Nin – ers,
    Proud as we can be!

    We stand to fight
    for the green and white
    ’til we win the vic – tor – y! (GO NINERS!!)

    We pledge our trust in you
    and wave your col – ors high!

    The loy – al Nin – er Na – tion cheers
    forever we’ll FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!

  2. Alma Mater

    Hail U – ni – ver – si – ty!
    To you we sing our praise.
    May Char – lotte’s light
    dis – pel the night,
    il – lu – mine all our days.

    In Car – o – li – na’s crown
    the bright – est gem we see.
    With – out your power
    our fin – est hour
    would hold no vic – tor – y.

    So let us love you life
    and cher – ish your great name.
    To aid your cause up – hold you laws
    and your en – dur – ing flame.

  3. Forty! Niners!

    Forty! Niners!

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