ECU, NC State agree to possible December 1 game


RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 17: Ryan Finley #15 of the NC State Wolfpack drops back to pass against the Old Dominion Monarchs at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

GREENVILLE, N.C. – In addition to extending its home-and-home football series with games in 2025 and 2028, ECU and NC State have agreed to play at noon on Dec. 1, 2018 at Raleigh’s Carter-Finley should either team not advance to their respective conference championship game, according to a joint announcement by both institutions Tuesday.

While the Pirates and Wolfpack already had an agreement in place for meetings in 2019 and 2022 to renew a 29-game series dating back 1970, the two programs formally extended the deal with two more contests. ECU will return to Carter-Finley Stadium on Aug. 30, 2025 and NC State will visit Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Sept. 3, 2028.

“The opportunity to extend the football series with NC State is of great importance to ECU, the region and our fan base,” ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton said. “We had to make that decision Monday in order to formalize an agreement to capitalize on this opportunity and we are pleased that we could bring this to formal contract.”

ECU and NC State each had an opening for a 12th regular season game following cancellations on Sept. 15 because of Hurricane Florence. The storm, which claimed nearly 40 deaths in the state of North Carolina alone, continues to delay recovery efforts today. 

NC State’s home contest against West Virginia and ECU’s road matchup at Virginia Tech were just two of 13 football games involving solely Division I programs which were cancelled in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and several other states prior to Florence’s landfall on Sept. 14.

The American Athletic Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference title games are each scheduled for Dec. 1. 

ECU currently owns a 2-2 overall record (0-1 AAC/East Division) prior to Saturday’s visit to Temple. NC State is 4-0 (1-0 ACC/Atlantic Division) heading into Saturday’s home tilt vs. Boston College.

Pirate Club members and football season ticket holders will receive information how to purchase tickets through ECU’s allotment when all details are finalized. 

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