More college football games between South Carolina and North Carolina will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, said Charlotte Sports Foundation executive director Will Webb.
“We’re very close on a deal for at least two more games,” Webb said.
The Gamecocks and Tar Heels are playing in Charlotte at 6 p.m. Thursday on ESPN in the Belk College Kickoff. Webb said dates for the future games aren’t set but should be soon.
The schools played regularly when South Carolina was a member of the ACC and continued to face each other throughout the 1970s and ’80s. The Tar Heels and Gamecocks didn’t play between 1992 and 2006. They opened the 2013 season in Columbia, a 27-10 South Carolina victory.
About 50,000 tickets have been sold for Thursday’s game in the Carolina Panthers’ 73,298-seat stadium. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the game was moved to Thursday to accommodate ESPN.
Webb said both schools sold out their allotments of 12,500 tickets, with South Carolina asking for extra.
Thursday’s contest will be the 31st college football game played in Bank of America Stadium – 13 bowl games, five ACC championships and now 13 regular-season matchups. Webb’s Charlotte Sports Foundation wants to continue to bring season-opening games to Charlotte. It has already scheduled a matchup between Tennessee and West Virginia.