Thursday, November 2, 2017

Charlotte and ECU Agree to Home and Home Series

ECU and Charlotte, two in-state programs which have distinctly different origins but share a common conference membership foundation, have agreed to a two-year home-and-home football series in 2024 and 2025 according to a joint announcement by both institutions Thursday.

The Pirates and 49ers will initially meet at Charlotte's Jerry Richardson Stadium on Aug. 31, 2024, before following with a contest at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Aug. 30, 2025.

Jerry Richardson Stadium - Charlotte will host ECU here in 2024

ECU, which began playing football in 1932, left the independent ranks in 1996 and enjoyed a 17-year membership in Conference USA before joining the American Athletic Conference in 2014. Charlotte fielded its first team in 2013 and was a two-year independent at the FCS level prior to its acceptance into C-USA as a football member in 2015.

The two schools have remained competitive rivals in other sports throughout history, including a 24-game men's basketball series which began in 1981 and continues this year with a meeting at Minges Coliseum on Dec. 18.
"We have gratitude and value for that part of the state for both our recruiting efforts and outstanding support," head coach Scottie Montgomery said. "Coach Lambert has done a terrific job building that program from scratch and I'm excited about developing another in-state rivalry.”

"It's a great opportunity for us to play against an ECU program that has had great success over many years," said 49ers head coach Brad Lambert.  "To be able to schedule another in-state school - we have (Appalachian State), Duke and North Carolina -- now we have ECU.  There will be a lot of North Carolina kids involved and it will be great for fan bases to come together on the football field."

The Pirates have won three of five contests played in the city of Charlotte, beginning with a 50-29 victory over NC State in 1996. ECU has averaged 57,178 fans per game when playing at Bank of America Stadium, including a then-state college record crowd of 72,169 when the Pirates knocked off No. 17 Virginia Tech in 2008.

Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium - ECU will host Charlotte here in 2025

Charlotte will join Virginia Tech (Sept. 7), Appalachian State (Sept. 14) and BYU (Oct. 19) on ECU's 2024 non-conference schedule while becoming the Pirates' third announced opponent for the 2025 season (ASU/Sept. 6, VT/Sept. 20). The Mountaineers and ECU will also meet in the Queen City on Sept. 4, 2021.

During the 2024 and 2025 seasons, the 49ers now have non-conference games slated with a pair of in-state schools:  ECU and North Carolina.  Charlotte plays at North Carolina, Sept. 7, 2024, and the Tar Heels visit Jerry Richardson Stadium, Sept. 6, 2025.