Charlotte, N.C. – East Carolina University and Appalachian State University will play a regular season college football game in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium in September, 2021. Appalachian State will be designated the home team. The announcement was made by Will Webb, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF), this afternoon.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to host this game,” said Webb. “The Charlotte Sports Foundation is thrilled to add another marquee game to our future schedule in Charlotte. This is a tremendous matchup with substantial local and regional ties. We are looking forward to East Carolina and Appalachian State playing in the city of Charlotte.”
East Carolina and Appalachian State have met 31 times in football since 1932, though never at a neutral site. Appalachian State leads the series 19-12, but ECU has won the last six times the two teams have met with the most recent being in 2012 at East Carolina.
“On behalf of Appalachian State University, I would like to thank Will Webb, the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Jeff Compher and East Carolina University, the Carolina Panthers, and Bank of America Stadium for the opportunity to host a home game in downtown Charlotte,” said Doug Gillin, Appalachian State Director of Athletics. “The chance for us to host a home game in an NFL Stadium, in Charlotte where our largest alumni base is and against a program like East Carolina is a great opportunity for our students-athletes, alumni, and fans.”
“The series is an exciting opportunity for both programs to rebuild an in-state rivalry, said Appalachian State University Head Football Coach Scott Satterfield. “Although still a few years away, when you play a team four times in five years, you have to think it will take on a rivalry feel. Also, playing in an NFL Stadium will be a memorable experience for our guys.”
“I am very grateful to Doug Gillin and our colleagues at Appalachian for working together in creating this four-game series,” said Jeff Compher, East Carolina University Director of Athletics. “Both football programs have a rich history of success and outstanding fan support, and I am especially excited for our future football student-athletes who will have an opportunity to play in such an exceptional NFL venue as Bank of America Stadium. It is also a huge plus to be able to play in front of the thousands of Pirates from the Charlotte/Mecklenburg region where we have recently established a Pirate Club office and emphasized as a major recruiting area for ECU.”
“Reviving the in-state rivalry between East Carolina and Appalachian State will enhance the proud history and tradition both programs already share,” said Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina University Head Football Coach. “The Pirates and Mountaineers each have a passionate and unique bond with its football fan base that is unmatched across this entire state.”