Duke’s Mayo Classic with East Carolina vs. App State on Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and
#4 Georgia vs. #1 Clemson on Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.;
20th Annual Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Dec. 30 at 11:30 a.m. featuring ACC vs. SEC



Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF) announced today the complete 2021 dates and kickoff times for the Duke’s Mayo Classic and Duke’s Mayo Bowl taking place at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte this season.

The Duke’s Mayo Classic Doubleheader will open the season, featuring East Carolina University taking on Appalachian State University on Thursday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m., televised on ESPNU. The second game features #4 University of Georgia facing #1 Clemson University on Saturday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. and televised on ABC, as previously announced.

The 20th Annual Duke’s Mayo Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 30 with an 11:30 a.m. kickoff. The game will feature a matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference against the Southeastern Conference this year and be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

This is the second year in a row and the sixth time that the Duke’s Mayo Bowl will be played on Dec. 30. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the game will be played at 11:30 a.m. for the first time. It has been played at 11:00 a.m. three times (2002, 2003, 2005) and at noon four times (2010, 2018, 2019, 2020).

“We are very pleased to announce the 2021 schedule and details for the Duke’s Mayo Classic games and the 20th Annual Duke’s Mayo Bowl,” said CSF Executive Director Danny Morrison. “College football fans will be drawn to Charlotte like never before. And more importantly, Bank of America Stadium will be able to welcome capacity crowds for these contests. We are focused on utilizing these games as rebuilding blocks for our community. We can’t wait until kickoff on Sept. 2nd!”

“Hosting an in-state rivalry, a Top-5 matchup and the 20th year of a postseason bowl game is certainly exciting for our community,” said CSF Board of Directors Co-Chairperson Johnny Harris. “These great games will offer a much-needed boost to Charlotte’s recovery, especially the hospitality and tourism industries.”

“We’re pleased to host this strong lineup of college football games at Bank of America Stadium this fall,” said Tom Glick, president of Tepper Sports & Entertainment. “Exciting matchups like these are the perfect way to welcome fans back to sports and live events at the stadium and show what a great market Charlotte is for college football.”

The Duke’s Mayo Bowl has welcomed 944,065 fans to Charlotte since its inception. The game has reached over 57 million television households and produced an economic impact of over $280 million to the city and the surrounding region.

“We’re thrilled to be able to host three games of this magnitude,” said Andrea Smith, CSF Board of Directors Co-Chairperson. “This will create a memorable start to the college football season for Charlotte. And then in December, we get to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, an event that has had an almost $300 million impact on our community.”

This is the second year with Carolinas-founded Duke’s Mayonnaise as the title sponsor of the games. The partnership with Duke’s Mayonnaise, a staple in southern recipes for over 100 years, was announced last June. The 2020 Duke’s Mayo Classic between the University of Notre Dame and Wake Forest Universit­y was postponed due to COVID and then eventually cancelled. The 2020 Duke’s Mayo Bowl, where Wisconsin defeated Wake Forest, 42-28, was played before a limited capacity of 1,500 family and friends.

“Duke’s is excited for this year’s partnership with Charlotte Sports Foundation,” said Joe Tuza, President & “Captain Condiment” at Sauer Brands Inc. “CSF will bring three big match ups to The Queen City, supporting our partners and customers in retail and restaurant industries.”


About the Charlotte Sports Foundation

The mission of the Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF), a 501(c)(3), is to provide leadership for sports-based initiatives that result in a positive impact on the economy and quality of life in the Charlotte region. CSF was created in the spring of 2013 as a combined entity of Charlotte’s two primary sports development groups, Charlotte Collegiate Football and the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission. Its origins can be traced to the vision of Charlotte civic leaders after the very successful hosting of the 1994 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

The Foundation also provides support for recruitment and operation of other local sporting events, and spearheads Charlotte’s continued growth as a preferred host for premier national and regional sporting events. CSF’s future regular season football games scheduled include: East Carolina University vs. Appalachian State University and the University of Georgia vs. Clemson University (2021), North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina Central University (2022 & 2027), the Universities of North Carolina and South Carolina (2023), and the University of Tennessee against West Virginia University (2028).

The Board of Directors that guides the Charlotte Sports Foundation boasts a dynamic roster of top Charlotte civic and business leaders. Please visit www.CharlotteSports.org for more information.


About Duke’s Mayonnaise

Duke’s Mayonnaise was created in 1917 in Greenville, SC by Eugenia Duke. In addition to the flagship mayonnaise, which is still made according to Eugenia’s original recipe, Duke’s offers light, olive oil, and flavored mayonnaises, tartar sauce, sandwich relish and regionally-inspired Duke’s Southern Sauces and dressings.  For more information, visit www.dukesmayo.com.

Duke’s Mayonnaise is owned by Sauer Brands, Inc., which was founded as The C.F. Sauer Company in 1887 in Richmond, Virginia. The company produces a broad line of inspired flavors to excite and delight consumers in the condiments, spices, seasonings and extracts categories. The company’s manufacturing facilities include locations in Richmond, Virginia; Greenville, South Carolina; New Century, Kansas; San Luis Obispo, California, and Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Besides Duke’s Mayonnaise, the company’s brands include The Spice Hunter, Sauer’s, Gold Medal, BAMA, Kernel Seasons, and Tasty Shakes. Sauer Brands also produces high-quality private-label products for the retail and foodservice channels. Learn more at sauerbrands.com.


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