Venue locations and years of future games in East Carolina's football series' with Virginia Tech and North Carolina have been adjusted in order to accommodate the revised Atlantic Coast Conference schedule according to a joint announcement by the three institutions Tuesday.
The Pirates and Hokies will re-activate their current contract that runs through the 2015 season, plus an additional five years to bring the total of games to eight.
The two programs will renew the series beginning next year, 2013, with a game on Sept. 14 in Greenville and will play there in again in 2015, 2017 and 2019. ECU will visit Blacksburg in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.
The two teams had mutually agreed not to meet in 2012 or 2013 because of the ACC’s impending nine-game conference schedule, but when the league voted to go back to eight conference games, it necessitated the need for a fourth non-league game for everyone. Tech originally had Pittsburgh as a non-conference game, but that now becomes an ACC contest with the Panthers joining the league next season.
The 2013 meeting between East Carolina and North Carolina, originally slated to be played at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, will move to Chapel Hill and kick off on Sept. 28. Two additional games were added to the series with the Pirates and Tar Heels facing each other on Sept. 20 the following season in Greenville and ECU hosting UNC in either 2016 or 2018.
Exact playing dates of the games, beyond what is included for the next two seasons, will be announced on an annual basis as part of each school’s traditional schedule release.