|Aggies, Eagles bring their football rivalry to Bank of America Stadium|
|Teams will play Duke Mayo Classic in 2022, 2027|
|Published Tuesday, May 25, 2021|
|NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL ATHLETICS|
|North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T will renew their rivalry with a pair of games in Charlotte as part of the Duke's Mayo Classic at Bank of America Stadium.|
The football rivalry between North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T returns to Charlotte starting next year.
The Eagles and Aggies will play Sept. 3, 2022, and Aug. 28, 2027, as part of the Duke’s Mayo Classic at Bank of America Stadium. NCCU will be the home team in 2022, A&T in 2027. The rivals played in Charlotte three times previously.
“We have a storied rivalry,” Charlotte Sports Foundation President Danny Morrison said. “They have been playing each other for 97 years, and both have great fan bases in the Charlotte metro area, and it is not a long drive from Greensboro or Durham, either.”
A&T and NCCU have not played each other here since 2008 when the Eagles moved the 80th meeting between the longtime HBCU rivals from O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium (10,000 capacity) to Memorial Stadium, which held 24,000 at the time. The Eagles won 28-27. They met in Charlotte on Sept. 1, 1990, in front of 14,800 fans, with the Aggies winning 21-6 and 24-6 on Sept. 2, 1989. The rivalry itself dates back to 1924, which ended in a 13-13 tie in Durham. A&T leads all-time 52-34-5 but are 3-3 over the last six seasons. Neither team played in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“We are looking forward to taking one of college football’s great rivalries and moving it to the Queen City of Charlotte,” A&T athletics director Earl Hilton III said in a statement. “The city of Charlotte has thousands of residents who are either Aggies or Eagles, so the excitement surrounding the game will be intense.”
Said NCCU athletics director Ingrid Wicker McCree: “This will be a fantastic experience for our student-athletes, students, university community and fans. We have a solid alumni and fan base in the greater Charlotte area, and we are excited about bringing this game to their back yard.”
Morrison said organizers will work with 100 Black Men of Charlotte on ancillary events surrounding the games.
East Carolina and Appalachian State play at Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 2, followed by Georgia-Clemson on Sept. 4.
“We wanted to not only have games like the Clemson vs. Georgia game, but also have an opportunity to showcase HBCUs,” he said. “It will be a great experience here in Charlotte. There is no better place to host a rivalry game.”
Tepper Sports & Entertainment President Tom Glick announced on Monday that 75,000-seat Bank of America Stadium will operate at full capacity starting with 2021 the Carolina Panthers season, pending any additional health guidelines.
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