On the eve of meeting to kick off the 2015 season, South Carolina and North Carolina announced Wednesday they will do it again in 2019 and 2023.
The two schools, who play Thursday night in the Belk College Kickoff Classic in Charlotte, N.C., in Bank of America Stadium, will play both of those games on Labor Day weekend in Charlotte.
“This is a tremendous rivalry that will be played in one of the best stadiums in the United States,” said Will Webb, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation.
Fans who buy tickets to this year’s game, which is expected to be about 20,000 short of a sellout, will have early access to future games put on by the Charlotte Sports Foundation.
The Tar Heels lead the overall series 34-18-4, but South Carolina has won five of the last six meetings.
Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier made his weekly appearance on the SEC teleconference on Wednesday and said he plans to play sophomore quarterback Connor Mitch the entire game against the Tar Heels.
“We don’t have any plans on (rotating quarterbacks),” he said. “Connor Mitch is our starter. We believe he can go the distance, not just this game but the whole season.”
“This is a great game for the student-athletes and fans at each school to kick off the football season,” South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner said.