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Sportsplex at Matthews Grand Opening

By James Thomas, 06/12/17, 12:00AM EDT


Details on the event for Saturday, June 17th at the Sportsplex at Matthews, home to the Charlotte Independence -- Charlotte's Professional Soccer Team.

Charlotte (N.C) — The Charlotte Independence will honor the Carolina Lightnin' during halftime on June 17th. T-shirts with the Carolina Lightnin' and Charlotte Independence logos will be sold during the game to benefit Street Soccer 945 - an Urban Ministry Center organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time. The 1981 American Soccer League Champions, Carolina Lightnin' team are the only Charlotte-based professional sports team to win a championship. 

Tickets for the grand opening of the Sportsplex at Matthews stadium are now on sale. 4-Packs of tickets include FREE parking and and a $15 discount. Click here and use Promo Code "4Pack". The game on Saturday, June 17th versus the Harrisburg City Islanders presented by Chick-fil-A marks the beginning of a Celebration of Soccer for the remaining Independence home games in 2017.

Tickets for the Saturday, June 17th grand opening of the Sportsplex at Matthews stadium can be purchased at or by calling (704)-206-1515. The event will host live music at a family-friendly tailgate, food trucks, and post-game fireworks. Festivities will begin at 5:00 PM ET with stadium gates opening at 5:30 PM ET. The Charlotte Independence are scheduled to kick off their match with Harrisburg City Islanders at 7:00 PM ET. Post-game firework will start approximately ten minutes after the conclusion of the match.

Celebration of Soccer

There are over 172 countries that play international soccer. In the United States, there are fewer than two hundred professional soccer teams. There is only one in Charlotte!

We are growing soccer with a deeper foundation to connect communities that represent the city and fans with pride and respect. To show discipline, talent and determination with skill and heart through a shared vision of a free and independent people, whose sons and daughters can watch and one day play with pride for their professional soccer in Charlotte.

Your Celebration of Soccer unified by Charlotte’s professional soccer team; the Charlotte Independence, invites you to join us in a season celebrating soccer played at every level and converge a city, county and region through soccer. The Charlotte Independence stand on the shoulders of the 1981 American Soccer League Champions - Carolina Lightnin’, Charlotte Eagles, local Youth Clubs, High Schools and College Soccer culminating in your current and only professional soccer team. Over the course of this season, we hope to showcase those stories of “celebration” through exemplary tradition and excellence.