Charlotte (NC) — On Friday, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreations will host the Ground Breaking Ceremony for American Legion Memorial Stadium renovation project. In December 2017, Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved a $31.7 million proposal to renovate American Legions Memorial Stadium and Independence Park over a two year construction period with a targeted open date Spring 2021. The historical venue remains a public facility fully controlled by Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreations Department.
Fall of 2018, Queen City Soccer Club LLC. struck a deal with Mecklenburg County on a 10-year lease to play home games at the historical site when the renovations were complete.
The stadium is projected to have a 10,500 seating capacity, while improvements are made to the field to accommodate football, soccer, lacrosse and concerts. Facility upgrades will include new restrooms which meet ADA requirements, while historical features such as the ticket offices and rock wall will be preserved. This past summer, The Historical Landmarks Commission approved the design of the renovation project.
Since 2015, the Charlotte Independence professional soccer team has partnered with Mecklenburg County for USL Championship home games. A temporary facility was built at Ramblewood Soccer Complex which served as the team’s home in 2015-16, and since the Independence has played and practiced at the Sportsplex at Matthews.
The Independence have announced 2020 Season Members will have priority choice in for Independence games at American Legion Memorial Stadium ahead of being sold to the general public. 2020 Season Membership will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, September 20th.