Dec. 11, 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -Trustees for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have announced plans to move forward with a football team, starting in the 2013 season.

The board of trustees agreed unanimously Friday morning on a new plan that would provide $40.5 million in funding to build a permanent 30,000-seat stadium and field house, and to seek state approval for a student fee increase to fund the project.

Chancellor Philip Dubois said the time would never be better.

The move would require an increase of student fees of up to $320, to be phased in over several years. UNC Charlotte's chancellor says the student fee could go down if private donations toward the football program increase.