Mar 21, 2023 - News

Duke’s Mayo Classic brings Tennessee and NC State football to Charlotte in 2024

Tennessee vs. NC State

Tennessee faces NC State on Sept. 7, 2024 at Bank of America Stadium in the Duke's Mayo Classic. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It’s an SEC vs. ACC matchup for the 2024 Duke’s Mayo Classic.

Driving the news: Tennessee faces NC State at Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 7, 2024, the Charlotte Sports Foundation announced today.

Context: The teams haven’t played each other since 2012. Tennessee won that game 35-21. Both have previously played in Charlotte.

  • NC State played in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in December against Maryland.
  • Tennessee kicked off their season here in 2018 against West Virginia.

Why it matters: A big part of being a major sports city includes being able to put on a top-tier event. CSF’s large-scale events pump dollars and energy into Charlotte, and they put the city on a national stage.

  • “Our mission is pretty simple,” CSF executive director Danny Morrison tells Axios. “It’s to bring high-profile events to Charlotte that have economic impact and add to the quality of life.”

By the numbers: The events CSF organized generated $77.2 million in economic impact in 2022, per CSF.

  • The ACC championship football game brought in the most at $26.3 million, followed by $15.2 million from the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, $14.6 million from the Duke’s Mayo Classic, $10.9 million from the ACC baseball championship and $10.2 million from the inaugural Jumpman Invitational.

Flashback: 2021 was a banner year for the return of college football after the pandemic left stadiums in 2020 with smaller crowds and even empty stadiums. A packed Labor Day weekend featuring Georgia vs. Clemson and App State vs. East Carolina generated $48.8M in economic impact.

  • “People want to be together,” Morrison says.

What’s next: Future kickoff games at Bank of America Stadium also include:

  • North Carolina vs. South Carolina on Sept. 2, 2023. Tickets will go on sale for this game in late spring/early summer, per CSF.
  • North Carolina A&T vs. North Carolina Central on Aug. 28, 2027.
  • Tennessee vs. West Virginia in 2028 (date TBA).
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