Student section

Photo of student section at Charlotte football home opener against William & Mary.

You can expect to see plenty of things in Jerry Richardson Stadium during football season. There will be plenty of Domino's pizza and Bojangles chicken tenders to eat. The band will play as loud as they can for all four quarters. Family and friends will be rooting for their favorite players. And most importantly, the student section will be full of students ready to cheer the 49ers on to a victory.

Last year's Charlotte football team went 4-2 on their home field, only losing to C-USA opponents, Florida Atlantic and Marshall. The student section's atmosphere and presence play a role in every home win.

This week's home game against William and Mary was themed as a whiteout. The student section draped in white gear speaks to every student's dedication to supporting the 49ers.

The student section's ferocity was fully displayed, with 2:34 left in the third quarter. Charlotte quarterback Xavier Williams burst through the middle, putting the 49ers ahead 24-20. The student section erupted, and it felt as though the team would break through to win the contest.

The Tribe scored 17 unanswered in the fourth quarter to stun the 49er faithful. Through injuries and mishaps, the students supported their squad.

During Friday's contest, the Niner Times ventured into the student section and asked students about their experiences during home contests.

One second-year student said he attends all the games. He described the student section's vibe during the Friday night game against William and Mary as "energetic." He also admitted that the vibe died down once the fourth quarter started, and it was apparent that the 49ers would fall short of a victory.

He continued by saying that their energy is usually dictated by how well the 49ers play. Still, he and his friends are dedicated to attending every home game because "it's a lot of fun, it's still good energy, it's a good excuse to hang out with people you know, and watch some football."

Two fourth-year students stated that the student section was their motivating factor for coming to home games. They said they had lots of fun and planned to return to the next home game. One of the students described the student's section atmosphere as "lit"; however, she said it would have been better if Charlotte won the game.

In Friday night's post-game interview, Head Coach Will Healy shared his thoughts on the crowd's energy.

"You look across to an unbelievable student section once again, and you just feel sick to your stomach that you freaking disappointed them," said Healy.

He also stated that their focus now is to prepare for a "really good" Maryland team next Saturday.

The 49ers will face off against the Maryland Terrapins in Jerry Richardson Stadium at 3:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 10. The game will be available to stream on Stadium, or you can listen on ESPN 730 The Game.

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