CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Starting in 2026, Charlotte and Appalachian State will start a four game football series that could lead to this being a yearly rivalry.
“This is such a natural rivalry, and I am excited for our program to be able to compete against App on a more regular basis,” said 49ers AD Mike Hill in a press release provided by the school. “I appreciate Doug Gillin for working with us to schedule this series. We would have liked to have started the series sooner but several long-term contracts on both sides prevented us from doing so. We are looking forward to our trip to Boone this fall as well as this future rivalry series.”
“I’m excited about playing football against another in-state school,” said App State AD Doug Gillin. “Thanks to Mike Hill and his team for working with us to get this scheduled. Regional games make sense. It’s great for college football, great for our state, and great for both fan bases to be able to travel to a game within two hours, home or away. We saw the passion for this game last year in Charlotte, and we’re expecting a sellout crowd at The Rock this fall. We have been trying to get this series on the books for a while and wanted to lock in the years as soon as possible.”
The first game of this series will be September 19, 2026 in Boone. The second game in 2027 will take place on September 18th in Charlotte. In 2028, App will host the game on September 16th. The final game of this series will be September 15, 2029 back in Charlotte.
Before that series, the two teams will meet in Boone this coming fall on September 7th.