College Football Day in North Carolina Kicks off October 2nd

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College football attendance has been a hot issue across our state for some time, but the past few weeks have boiled over to a point where we have schools calling out other schools and players calling out their own fans. Pictures of empty stadiums have circulated around social media, and though there’s plenty of context to be added with the oppressive heat from two weeks ago and the pouring rain from this past Saturday, it’s still an unfavorable display of support for our football teams.

In a span of 24 hours, beginning Friday night in Charlotte and ending Saturday night in Buies Creek, 22 of North Carolina’s 32 college football teams are playing on North Carolina soil. SportsChannel8 is fiercely determined to make this Saturday, October 3rd, “College Football Day in North Carolina”.

Our goal is simple … we want 150,000 fans to attend college football games in North Carolina this weekend.

That’s an estimated 90% capacity across all games being played across the state, which is aggressive, but attainable. More details will be released throughout the week, but for now, buy tickets to the local game of your choice and wear your team’s colors, whether they are playing or not. Find a game close by, take a road trip, or simply find the cheapest tickets you can get your hands on. Every fan counts.

If you can’t make it to a game this Saturday, support the cause by spreading the word to those who can, and spend your Saturday cheering on your favorite team in front of the television.

Keep looking out for more details, contests, and prizes from SportsChannel8 and our sponsors, and check out the schedule below to find a game near you.

Let’s make Saturday #CFBDayNC.


Friday, October 2nd

Charlotte vs. Temple, 7PM (Tickets from $30)

Saturday, October 3rd

NC State vs. Louisville, 12:30PM (Tickets from $65)

Davidson vs. Valparaiso, 1PM (Tickets from $6.53)

Fayetteville State vs. Lincoln, 1PM (Tickets from $10)

Livingstone vs. Elizabeth City State, 1PM (Ticket prices not listed)

Shaw vs. Virginia Union, 1PM (Tickets from $5) – in Durham, NC

Catawba vs. Newberry, 1:30PM (Tickets from $10)

Winston-Salem State vs. Chowan, 1:30PM (Tickets from $15)

Wingate vs. Limestone, 1:30PM (Tickets from $12)

Lenoir-Rhyne vs. Carson-Newman, 2PM (Tickets from $10)

UNC Pembroke vs. Tuskegee, 2PM (Tickets from $5)

JC Smith vs. Bowie State, 3PM (Tickets from $12)

Appalachian State vs. Wyoming, 3:30PM (Tickets from $22)

Duke vs. Boston College, 3:30PM (Tickets from $25)

Wake Forest vs. Florida State, 3:30PM (Tickets from $27)

Western Carolina vs. Presbyterian, 3:30PM (Tickets from $13)

Brevard vs. Tusculum, 4PM (Ticket prices not listed)

Mars Hill vs. North Greenville, 4PM (Tickets from $12)

NC Central vs. Bethune-Cookman, 4PM (Tickets from $22)

Campbell vs. Drake, 6PM (Tickets from $5)