Earlier today, East Carolina University and Appalachian State University officially announced that the two teams will play a regular-season game in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium, the home field of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, in September of 2021, with the Mountaineers designated as the home team for the matchup, as announced today by the Charlotte Sports Foundation, and its executive director, Will Webb. Also, both schools will meet three other times in 2024, 2025, and 2026.
The announcement was very exciting for both schools and their respective athletic directors, including Doug Gillin, the director of athletics at Appalachian State, whose school has a large alumni base, and whose games are heard locally on WZGV-AM(ESPN 730). “On behalf of Appalachian State University, I would like to thank Will Webb, the Charlotte Sports Foundation, and the Carolina Panthers for the opportunity to host a home game in Downtown Charlotte.” Gillin quoted. “The chance to host a home game in an NFL stadium in Charlotte is a great opportunity for our student-athletes, alumni, and fans.” Echoing Gillin’s comments, Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield is delighted and honored to have the Mountaineers play in one of the premier football stadiums in all of the NFL like Bank of America Stadium, while calling it a memorable experience for his players. “This series is an exciting opportunity for both programs to build an in-state rivalry, although still a few years away, and playing in an NFL stadium will be a memorable experience for our players.” quoted Satterfield, who guided the Mountaineers to a 10-3 mark, to go along with a Sun Belt Conference championship and a win over Toledo in last year’s Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.
Just like Appalachian State, East Carolina is looking forward to playing in Charlotte in 2021, while they will host App State at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville in 2024 and 2026, with App State hosting East Carolina in 2025 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. “Reviving the in-state rivalry between East Carolina and Appalachian State will enhance the history and tradition both programs already share.” said East Carolina head football coach Scottie Montgomery, while Jeff Compher, the Director of Athletics at ECU says that he is delighted to have the opportunity to play in Charlotte in 2021. “Both football programs have a rich history of success and fan support, and I am excited for our future football student-athletes who will have the opportunity to play in such an exceptional NFL venue as Bank of America Stadium, and it’s a huge plus to be able to play in front of our Pirates from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region where we have recently established a Pirate Club office and emphasized as a a major recruiting area for ECU.”
Both teams have met 31 times since 1932, with Appalachian leading the all-time series 19-12, while the Pirates have won the last six head-to-head meetings more recently, with East Carolina winning the 2012 game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Webb says that his organization is looking forward to putting on yet another successful and memorable college football event at Bank of America Stadium in 2021. “We are very excited for the opportunity to host this game.” Webb quoted. “The Charlotte Sports Foundation is thrilled to add another marquee game to our future schedule in Charlotte, and we are looking forward to East Carolina and Appalachian State playing in the city of Charlotte.”