Vols learn of future football opener

Tennessee, West Virginia to kick off 2028 college football season in Charlotte
2018 season opener in Charlotte, NC
2018 season opener in Charlotte, NC(CBS Sports)
Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 11:04 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Tennessee will play West Virginia in the Duke’s Mayo Classic in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium to kick off the 2028 college football season as announced by the Charlotte Sports Foundation on Tuesday.  

The game is set for Saturday, Sept. 2, 2028. This is the second regular season match up in Charlotte between the two squads. The teams played in front of 66,793 fans on Sept. 1, 2018. It was the first and only time the two schools have faced off on the gridiron.

”This should be a fun showcase game for our program in a city and venue our fans enjoy visiting,” Tennessee Director of Athletics Danny White said. “Opening our season against a quality opponent like West Virginia will serve as a valuable experience for our team prior to SEC play.””We are very excited to announce that Tennessee and West Virginia will be returning to Charlotte to kick off the 2028 college football season,” said Danny Morrison, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation. “

In 2018, Charlotte hosted the first ever meeting between the two schools in football. The atmosphere surrounding the game was tremendous, with very active, supportive fan bases. We are proud to bring this marquee match up back to the Queen City and look forward to hosting the Volunteer and Mountaineer teams and fans again in Charlotte.””The Charlotte Sports Foundation continues to generate substantial positive events for the community,” said Johnny Harris, Board Co-Chairman of the Charlotte Sport Foundation. “

The 2018 game between Tennessee and West Virginia was a great time for fans hosted by Charlotte. We look forward to thousands of Volunteers and Mountaineers visiting our great City in 2028.”

About the Charlotte Sports Foundation

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

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