|CIAA rivals Shaw, St. Augustine’s agree to share space for football|
|Schools strike deal on George Williams Complex|
|Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:19 pm|
|Shaw football will share George Williams Complex with CIAA rival Saint Augustine's starting with the 2019 season.|
Two of the CIAA’s fiercest football rivals will share a home.
Saint Augustine’s and Shaw have agreed to play home games at the 2,500-seat George Williams Athletic Complex on Saint Augustine’s campus. The Bears had played home games at 8,500-seat Durham County Memorial Stadium in Durham the last 12 years.
“This is the right decision for both universities. As institutions of higher learning, both schools have a responsibility to support each other,” Saint Augustine’s interim President Gaddis Faulcon said in a statement. “I look forward to watching Saint Augustine’s University and Shaw University host football games at the George Williams Athletic Complex this upcoming season.”
Said Shaw President Paulette Dillard: “We are pleased and excited that Shaw students, alumni, and fans will be able to attend our home games more easily. This is a wonderful demonstration of cooperation and support, and we look forward to additional opportunities to work together for the mutual benefit of both universities.”
Before the Williams Complex opened for football in 2011, Saint Augustine’s played home dates at local high schools, as did Shaw before leaving for Durham’s county-owned facility. Moving games 20 minutes closer to Shaw’s southwest Raleigh campus reduces the burden of travel for the school, students and fans.
“It’s exciting for all involved that Shaw University football is returning to Raleigh,” Athletics Director Alfonza Carter said. “With this agreement, everyone comes out ahead.”
Said Williams, who is Saint Aug’s athletic director: “The two universities have a long-standing history of working together, and this is the latest example. Football fans in the area have the opportunity to see either team play on any given Saturday. This is a victory for Saint Augustine’s and Shaw, but the biggest winners are the Southeast Raleigh community, the entire city of Raleigh, and Wake County. I can’t wait for the Raleigh Classic” between Shaw and Saint Aug’s on Nov. 9.
Shaw’s season begins with a road game at FCS Division I Campbell on Sept. 7, followed by the home opener Sept. 14 against CIAA foe Bowie State. Saint Augustine’s opens at Lenoir-Rhyne on Sept. 7 and hosts Virginia State in the Falcons’ season opener on Sept. 21.
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