Charlotte’s Sports . . .

NASCAR Official site from the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Includes news, schedules, points, driver and team information, statistics, and other interesting information.

NASCAR Hall of Fame The official site of the NASCAR Hall of Fame – a state-of-the-art facility that will honor NASCAR icons and create an enduring tribute to the drivers. Loacted in Charlotte, NC scheduled to open 2010.

Carolina Panthers Official team site with audio and video clips, team news, depth charts, transactions, statistics, and player profiles.

Charlotte Bobcats The official site of the Charlotte Bobcats. The team is part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Association of Basketball and is based in Charlotte, NC.

Charlotte Sting The Charlotte Sting was once a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) franchise based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it was one of the league’s eight original teams. The team folded on January 3, 2007.

Charlotte Knights Baseball The Charlotte Knights are a minor league baseball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team, which plays in the International League, is the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The Knights currently play in Knights Stadium, located in Fort Mill, South Carolina; a suburb of Charlotte. However, plans are underway for the team to move to a new stadium in downtown Charlotte.

Charlotte Eagles Charlotte Eagles are an American soccer team, founded in 1993. The team is a member of the United Soccer Leagues Second Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. They currently play their home games in the stadium at Waddell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team’s colors are orange, white and blue.

The Eagles are a division of Missionary Athletes International (MAI), an organization committed to sharing the message of Christianity through the environment of soccer, which is accomplished through sports ministry, and are a sister organisation of the PDL side Southern California Seahorses.

The Eagles enjoyed a brief spell in the A-League (now the USL First Division) before financial troubles caused them to return to the lower level. The Eagles also field a women’s team. The Charlotte Lady Eagles. The Lady Eagles play in the Atlantic Division of the USL W-League. The club’s local rivals include The Atlanta Silverbacks, and Charleston Battery of the USL First Division, the Wilmington Hammerheads and the Richmond Kickers of the Second Division, also the fans of the Northern Virginia Royals maintain a rivalry with Charlotte despite being a division lower. It is expected that the club will move to the 6,000-seat Matthews Sportsplex upon its completion.
Charlotte Checkers The Charlotte Checkers are an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League). The Checkers were founded in 1993 and played from then until 2005 in Cricket Arena. In 2005, they moved to St. Lawrence Homes Home Ice at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. The team set their all time attendance record of 11,237 on February 10, 2007 in a 6-3 loss against the Texas Wildcatters. Their previous record was 10,894 in a win against the Florida Everblades in November 2005. As of February 20, 2007, they are second in the ECHL in attendance, increasing their attandance by 45% over their inaugural season at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Many people claim that the new arena is part of the reason for increased attendance as well as an increased interest in hockey in North Carolina due to the in-state NHL 2006 Stanley Cup champions, and also the influx of northern transplants into the Charlotte region. However, it should be noted that Charlotte’s minor-league hockey influence is much older, dating to 1956, when the Eastern Hockey League’s Baltimore Clippers moved to Charlotte after a fire destroyed part of the Baltimore team’s arena. They played games in the Charlotte Coliseum (now Cricket Arena) for the balance of the season. The team decided to stay in Charlotte, adopting the Checkers nickname in 1960. The team joined the EHL’s other Southern franchises in forming the Southern Hockey League in 1973, where it played until the league’s demise in 1977. The current Checkers are named for the teams of the past, and for years were known for an orange and electric blue checkerboard pattern logo. However, it is possible that the Checkers name comes from the hockey term “checking”.

Universities & Colleges In The Charlotte, NC Region . . .

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte Athletics The Official Athletic Site for Charlotte 49ers. The most comprehensive coverage of Charlotte 49ers Athletics on the internet.

UNC Charlotte – Home Page The fourth largest UNC campus, dedicated to excellence in teaching, practical research, and expert public service. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte, or for athletics purposes, Charlotte 49ers), is a public, coeducational, research intensive university located in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States. The university opened on September 23, 1946. Today, it is one of the fastest growing members of the 17 institution University of North Carolina System. It has four campuses, the main location being in University City (Charlotte).

Queens University of Charlotte

Queens University Of Charlotte Athletics Official site of the Royals with pictures, rosters, game schedules, statistics, coaching staff and results.
Queens University of Charlotte Queens University of Charlotte is a private, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university located in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as an all-female institution, and has evolved hence into a co-ed university.

Belmont Abbey Crusaders athletic logoBelmont Abbey Crusaders Belmont Abbey’s athletic teams call themselves the Crusaders and participate in the NCAA’s Division II program. The Crusaders are members of Conference Carolinas.

Belmont Abbey College Home Page Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal-arts Catholic college located in Belmont, North Carolina, a small town 15 miles west of Charlotte. It was founded in 1876 by the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey. The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and the Order of Saint Benedict.

Wingate Bulldogs – Sports In addition to academics, Wingate student-athletes compete in 17 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate’s mascot is the Bulldog.

Wingate University, NC Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution, founded in 1896. It is located in Wingate, North Carolina, U.S. and is affiliated with the North Carolina Baptist Convention. It was originally established as a boarding school developed into a junior college, and became a four-year college in 1977. The university offers more than 40 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers seven pre-professional programs. Graduate degrees are awarded in business and education. A doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) is also awarded.

Winthrop University Official site of the Eagles with news items, statistics, pictures, rosters, and results. Athletics

Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC Winthrop University (formerly Winthrop College) is an American public, four-year liberal arts college in Rock Hill, South Carolina, within the Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan area. In 2006-07, Winthrop University had an enrollment of 6,292 students. The University is South Carolina’s top-rated university according to evaulations conducted by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The University has been rated by the commission as “substantially exceeding standards” every year since that classification was created in 2003. The University was also named by the John Templeton Foundation as a University that “encourages character development”