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Tennessee vs West Virginia in Charlotte in 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -

West Virginia and Tennessee will open the 2018 college football season at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Sports Foundation on Tuesday announced the first meeting between the schools. The game will be played Sept. 1, 2018.

It will mark the first game for Tennessee in Charlotte. It also will be the Volunteers' third neutral-site game in four years.

"The game in Charlotte presents a tremendous opportunity for our football program to play against a quality opponent in West Virginia in a first-class NFL venue," said Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones.

"The Charlotte area is in close proximity to many of our fans, and the state of North Carolina is a key component in our recruiting efforts. We very much look forward to such a unique opportunity for our student-athletes and our program."

"This matchup against Tennessee is very attractive, featuring a quality opponent from a highly visible conference at a NFL Stadium," said Oliver Luck, WVU Director of Athletics.

"We have a lot of fans and alumni living in the Charlotte area, and this is another outstanding game in close proximity that our fans can travel to easily. We never have played Tennessee before in football and both states are similar in makeup, so it's time for us to meet on the football field."

Tennessee opens the 2015 season at LP Field in Nashville against UAB and will meet Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016.

West Virginia has gone 1-1 in bowl games at Bank of America Stadium.

This is the second regular season college football game that Charlotte Sports Foundation has scheduled for Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium.

Previously announced, the University of North Carolina will face the University of South Carolina in September 2015.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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