By Tyler Trent
Image courtesy of Charlotte FC
Charlotte FC is set to play Saturday's match against New York City FC with football lines on the pitch at Bank of America Stadium. The club has announced that due to forecasted weather this weekend, all the lines will need to be painted before rain hits to ensure that the lines will be able to be properly placed on the field for both games. MLS lines will be painted in yellow, with NFL lines painted in white. After Charlotte FC's match on Saturday, the soccer lines will be removed from the pitch for the Carolina Panthers opening home game Sunday. In the past Charlotte have been able to switch from soccer matches, football matches, and concerts with a quick turnaround time but this will not be the case this time.
A Tepper Sports & Entertainment spokesperson shared the following statement:
This is not ideal but is unavoidable given the weather forecast. We never want our soccer field to have football lines, but we are thankful that we will be able to play both games this weekend. Charlotte FC games are scheduled on Saturday because they are more convenient for our fans and we’ve shown we can transition the field for multiple events in a short period of time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the weather will cooperate this weekend. In particular, we are grateful for our grounds crew who will literally be working around-the-clock to deliver both of these games to our fans. These are the occasional challenges that come with hosting an increased number of events at Bank of America Stadium.