The Charlotte 49ers and East Carolina announced a home-and-home football series in 2024 and ’25 on Thursday.
The 49ers and Pirates will open the 2024 season on Aug. 31, when they play at Richardson Stadium on Charlotte’s campus. The teams will play on Aug. 30, 2025 in the Pirates’ Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to play against an ECU program that has had great success over many years,” 49ers coach Brad Lambert said in a statement. “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.”
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There are about 10,000 East Carolina alumni living in the Charlotte area, according to an ECU news release Thursday.
“We have gratitude and value for that part of the state for both our recruiting efforts and outstanding support,” Pirates 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.”
49ers’ upcoming schedules
Here’s a look at Charlotte’s nonconference schedules through 2025 (2020 through 2025 are not complete):
2018: Fordham, Appalachian State, at Massachusetts, at Tennessee.
2019: Gardner-Webb, at Appalachian State, Massachusetts, at Clemson.
2020: at Duke, Georgia State.
2021: Duke, at Georgia State, at Illinois.
2022: Maryland, at Georgia State, at Indiana.
2023: at Maryland, Georgia State, at Indiana.
2024: East Carolina, at North Carolina.
2025: at East Carolina, North Carolina.