The Tennessee Volunteers and the West Virginia Mountaineers will open the 2018 season in Charlotte, the Charlotte Sports Foundation has announced.
ESPN first reported the 2018 Tennessee-WVU game earlier this morning.
The game will be played at Bank of America Stadium, the home of the Carolina Panthers, likely on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, although an exact date remains to be announced. It will be the first ever meeting between the Volunteers and the Mountaineers.
“We are very excited to announce that the University of Tennessee and West Virginia University will be playing in Charlotte to kickoff the 2018 college football season,” said Will Webb, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation. “This will be a tremendous game featuring the SEC and Big 12. Both Tennessee and West Virginia have very active, supportive fan bases. The game offers local, regional and national attraction. And Charlotte is a premier location between the two schools.”
Tennessee now has three future football games scheduled at neutral sites. The Vols open the 2015 season at LP Field in Nashville vs. UAB (technically a UT home game) and face Virginia Tech in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
West Virginia is the first announced non-conference opponent for Tennessee for the 2018 season.
The Mountaineers are set to open the 2014 season vs. Alabama in the second of two Chick-fil-A Kickoff games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
West Virginia is also slated to open the 2017 season at FedExField in Landover, Maryland against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The Volunteers are also the first scheduled non-conference opponent for West Virginia in 2018.