App State schedules Charlotte for future games

Appalachian State defenders Anthony Flory (44) and Noel Cook (20) tackle Charlotte runner Benny Lemay during their 2018 game in Charlotte. The two teams signed a four-year contract to play each other in a home-and-home series in 2026-29.

BOONE — The Appalachian State athletic department announced that the App State football team will play a four-game series with Charlotte.

The series will be played from 2026-29. Two of the games will be played in Boone and two will be in Charlotte. All four games will be on campus sites.

The first will be played at App State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 19, 2026. The second will be held Sept. 18, 2027, at Jerry Richardson Stadium at UNCC. The series returns to Boone Sept. 16, 2028, and heads back to Charlotte for a Sept. 15 showdown.

“I’m excited about playing football against another in-state school,” App State Athletic Director Doug Gillin said in a statement. “Thanks to (Charlotte Athletic Director) Mike Hill and his team for working with us to get this scheduled. Regional games make sense. It’s great for college football, great for our state, and great for both fan bases to be able to travel to a game within two hours, home or away.”

Appalachian State beat Charlotte 45-9 at Jerry Richardson Stadium last season. The teams are scheduled to play Sept. 7 at Kidd Brewer Stadium this season. Gillin said he was happy to reschedule Charlotte for future games.

‘We saw the passion for this game last year in Charlotte, and we’re expecting a sellout crowd at The Rock this fall,” Gillin said. “We have been trying to get this series on the books for a while and wanted to lock in the years as soon as possible.”

“This is such a natural rivalry, and I am excited for our program to be able to compete against App on a more regular basis,” Hill said in a statement. “I appreciate Doug Gillin for working with us to schedule this series. We would have liked to have started the series sooner but several long-term contracts on both sides prevented us from doing so. We are looking forward to our trip to Boone this fall as well as this future rivalry series.”

Appalachian State also has a game at East Carolina scheduled for 2026 and a game scheduled at South Carolina in 2027.

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