After a little over four years the East Carolina Pirates have set a date to face in-state opponent Appalachian State on the gridiron once again.
With a 12-19 record against App State since 1932 the Pirates have scheduled a four-year football series against the Mountaineers for 2021, 2024, 2025 and 2026. The series will begin with App State hosting the first game in the Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sept. 4, 2021.
"Both football programs have a rich history of success and outstanding fan support," ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher said. "I am especially excited for our future football student-athletes who will have an opportunity to play in such an exceptional NFL venue as Bank of America Stadium. We are grateful to Doug Gillen and our colleagues at Appalachian for working together in creating this four-game series."
Although the Pirates and Mountaineers have faced one another 31 times, they have only played two games since 1979 — in 2009 and 2012. ECU currently holds a six-game winning streak over App State, with a combined score of 215-87.
Compher said the Charlotte game will benefit thousands of Pirate alums and fans who live in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, which is a region that houses a Pirate Club office, which has been emphasized as a major recruiting area for ECU.
Of the five games the Pirates have played at Bank of America Stadium they have won three, beginning with a 50-29 victory over in-state rival NC State in 1996. ECU also held the state college record crowd of 72,169 when the Pirates knocked off No. 17 Virginia Tech in 2008.
"Reviving the in-state rivalry between East Carolina and Appalachian State will enhance the proud history and tradition both programs already share," ECU football head coach Scottie Montgomery said. "The Pirates and Mountaineers each have a passionate and unique bond with its football fan base that is unmatched across this entire state."