Georgia and Clemson to open 2021 football season in Charlotte
The Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers will open the 2021 football season in Charlotte, both schools announced on Tuesday.
The game will be played on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Brett McMurphy of Stadium first reported news of the matchup.
Clemson & Georgia will play Sept. 4, 2021 in Charlotte, sources told @Stadium. It will be 1st meeting since 2014. East Carolina vs. Appalachian State, originally scheduled for Charlotte on Sept. 4, could move to Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, or another date, source said
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) February 18, 2020
“This is another great opportunity to schedule a national non-conference game with a top level opponent,” said UGA head coach Kirby Smart. “Playing a regular season game in Charlotte will give our fans the opportunity for a completely new experience in a great city and top level stadium. I know our coaches and players will be excited for the challenge to kick off the season in this kind of environment.”
Both schools already had their full allotment of four non-conference opponents scheduled for the 2021 season. In order to play Clemson, Georgia has reportedly canceled their previously scheduled matchup on Sept. 4, 2021 at home in Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., against the San Jose State Spartans.
Other non-conference opponents for Georgia in 2021 include UAB (Sept. 11) and Charleston Southern (Nov. 20) at home and a road game at in-state rival Georgia Tech on Nov. 27.
“The eyes of the nation will be on Charlotte as we start the 2021 season,” said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.“It is yet another opportunity to strengthen our schedule and provide an opportunity for our supporters to enjoy another huge matchup. We will now have at least two Power 5 opponents on our schedule through 2033.”
Clemson didn’t have a game scheduled for Sept. 4, 2021, but they did have four non-conference games. The Tigers have canceled their previously schedule home matchup with the Wyoming Cowboys on Sept. 25.
Clemson is also scheduled to host South Carolina State (Sept. 11) and UConn (Nov. 13) and travel to South Carolina (Nov. 27).