Charlotte to host South Carolina-North Carolina in 2019, 2023

Steve Spurrier and South Carolina will play North Carolina in 2019 and 2023 in Charlotte (Grant Halverson/Getty Images).

Steve Spurrier and South Carolina will play North Carolina in 2019 and 2023 in Charlotte (Grant Halverson/Getty Images).

It’s not the Olympics, but Charlotte will host the state’s premiere college football game every four years until 2023.

Wednesday morning, the Charlotte Sports Foundation announced that South Carolina and North Carolina will meet at Bank of America Stadium for games in 2019 and 2023. Fans get to see the first iteration this Thursday night when the Gamecocks take on the Tar Heels (ESPN, 6 p.m. ET).

“This is a tremendous rivalry that will be played in one of the best stadiums in the United States,” CSF executive director Will Webb told TheState.com’s Josh Kendall.

As previously reported by the AJC this week, the teams were close to a deal to play two more games in Charlotte. USC and UNC are not currently scheduled to play next year, with the Tar Heels due for an SEC matchup with Georgia in Atlanta on Sept. 3, 2016.

Heated rivals in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Carolina schools did not play between 1992 and 2006. North Carolina holds a 34-18-4 all-time series advantage, while South Carolina has won five of the past six dating back to 1988.

— By Alex M. Smith, Special for The Atlanta Journal-Consitution


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