Niner Nation is a proud group of fans. The school's nickname was chosen by the students out of inspiration from the settlers in the area that endured hardships traveling out west to try and strike it rich in the California Gold Rush. Very suiting considering that the U.S.'s first major gold discovery actually happened at nearby Reed Gold Mine in Midland, Cabarrus County, North Carolina. One last tidbit...the university's main campus entrance is located on North Carolina Highway 49. Show your Niner support in this Glory Days Apparel shirt!