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SELLING OUT? UNC, NC STATE TAKE HEAT FOR CHARLOTTE GAME
Published November 24, 1998
The NC State-UNC football game, "in a break from tradition that surprised many," will be played Saturday at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte and earn each school $1M, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. Officials from both schools "have stressed the game will provide additional exposure for their football programs in the western part of the state while creating a festive, bowl- like atmosphere." Charlotte Regional Sports Commission Exec Dir Chip Mark said Monday that 71,000 of the 73,250 tickets had been sold, including almost all of the $8 student tickets, and attendance is expected to set a record for a college football game in the state. The Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau "estimates" that the game could generate "more than" $2M for the local economy based on financial figures from Panthers games. Next year's game in Charlotte, will be televised by ESPN, is expected to "pump" more money into the economy as more fans "line up hotel stays." But the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau "has pegged" next year's potential loss at "about" $1.3M for what was scheduled to be NC State's home game against UNC. The Wake County Commissioners have sent a letter to the chancellors of the two universities "expressing concern about the precedent established in moving games" (NEWS & OBSERVER, 11/24).