North Carolina A&T, NC Central to play in Charlotte in 2022 and 2027

By Kevin Kelley -

The North Carolina A&T Aggies and the North Carolina Central Eagles will play in the Duke’s Mayo Classic in 2022 and 2027, it was announced on Tuesday.

North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central will meet to open the 2022 and 2027 seasons at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Exact dates for the games will be announced at a later date.

Back in December, the Aggies and Eagles announced a ten-game football series that is set to begin on Sept. 25, 2021 at North Carolina A&T. Games in 2022 (Sept. 3) and 2027 (Sept. 4) were both already scheduled to be season openers.

North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central first met on the gridiron in 1924 and have played a total of 91 contests. The Aggies have won 21 of the last 29 meetings and now lead the overall series 52-34-5.

“We are very proud to bring the storied rivalry of NC A&T and NC Central to Charlotte in 2022 and 2027 for the Duke’s Mayo Classic,” said Danny Morrison, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation. “Hosting such a longstanding rivalry between two HBCU schools is an honor and privilege for CSF, our partners, and the city of Charlotte. We look forward to working with 100 Black Men of Charlotte and the Leon Frank Agency to impact the community through new initiatives and events around the games. We are excited to welcome Aggies and Eagles fans to the Queen City for great fun and football to kick off the 2022 and 2027 seasons.”

“We are looking forward to taking one of college football’s great rivalries and moving it to the Queen City of Charlotte,” said NC A&T Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Earl Hilton III. “We want to thank the Charlotte Sports Foundation, North Carolina Central University and Duke Mayonnaise for putting together the game. The city of Charlotte has thousands of residents who are either Aggies or Eagles, so the excitement surrounding the game will be intense.”

“We are thrilled about this opportunity to compete in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree. “This will be a fantastic experience for our student-athletes, students, university community and fans. We have a solid alumni and fan base in the greater Charlotte area and we are excited about bringing this game to their back yard. We want to thank the team from Charlotte Sports Foundation for hosting this event for these two great institutions.”

“Duke’s Mayo partnered with the Charlotte Sports Foundation to help create impact and add our southern flavor in the communities that have supported us for over 100 years,” said Joe Tuza, President & “Captain Condiment” at Sauer Brands Inc. “This is an exciting rivalry and we’re looking forward to NC A&T and NCCU in the 2022 Duke’s Mayo Classic game.”

“Tepper Sports & Entertainment is thrilled to host this historic rivalry at Bank of America Stadium to kick off the 2022 and 2027 college football seasons,” said Tom Glick, president of Tepper Sports & Entertainment. “Welcoming this game back to Charlotte for the first time in more than a decade is great for the city, the schools and fans.”

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