Monday, October 10, 2016
NORFOLK, Virginia -- Old Dominion University Football and Norfolk State will play each other to open the 2019 season, ODU Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig announced on Monday. The all-Norfolk matchup is set for the opening of Old Dominion's renovated stadium in 2019.
“We are excited to renew our rivalry with Norfolk State. We have played good football games with them starting with the 2011 playoff game. Players on both teams have played with and against each other in high school and sometimes workout together in the summer,” ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder said. “With this being the home opener in 2019 this will give the players and the fans a game to look forward to between two schools in the same area.”
The contest is scheduled to open the 2019 season on Aug. 31. The Monarchs are 3-0 all-time against Norfolk State. The two teams last played on Sept. 12, 2015, a game ODU won 24-10.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that Foreman Field is expected to undergo a $55 million rebuild and increase to 22,130 seats. ODU has won three previous meetings, most recently 24-10 a year ago.
ODU, a former FCS program, plays in Conference USA. Norfolk State is a MEAC member.
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