The Charlotte Independence announced today that the team will play its 12 remaining home games at the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in Matthews starting on June 17th, when the Independence will take on the Harrisburg City Islanders, as part of the team’s plan of moving towards Division II compliance in cooperation with the United Soccer League, which back on January 6th received provisional status.
“With the Sportsplex at Matthews, Mecklenburg County has created a first class facility that is reminiscent of the beautiful Disney sports fields I used to market in Orlando.” said Charlotte Independence Chief Operating Officer Michael Behrman. “We are excited to make the Sportsplex at Matthews our home pitch and embrace the town of Matthews as we become that community’s hometown, professional sports team.
The newly-constructed facility is located near Independence Boulevard and I-485, and is located minutes away from downtown Matthews, local bars and restaurants, and shopping centers, including Windsor Square.
Matthews mayor Jim Taylor is excited for the Independence to call the town of Matthews home this season, and he is delighted that residents there will embrace their hometown team. “We welcome the Independence to Matthews with open arms. The addition of the Independence will be another reason why Matthews is so great.” Taylor said.
Fans, as well as all returning Charlotte Independence season ticket holders should take note that ticket pricing, as well as pricing for parking are corresponding to the plans that are in place at Ramblewood Soccer Complex, and season ticket packages for all 16 home games, including the 12 that are slated for the Sportsplex at Matthews, start at $144. Charlotte Independence Senior Account Manager Patrick O’Leary says that current season ticket holders won’t be affected by this change. “Season ticket holders will be unaffected by the switch to the Sportsplex at Matthews. Everyone will be placed in comfortable seats, and I’m excited about the improved access and sightlines to bolster fan experience.” O’Leary quoted.
The opener will come on April 1st at Ramblewood Soccer Complex against the Charleston Battery, but Mike Jeffries, head coach of the Independence is more excited for his team to call Matthews home. “Because of the way the stadium is set up, I think there is so much potential to make it a great venue and a place we can call home for a while.” Jeffries said.