Wolfpack Season Opener Moved To Sunday Night

<B>RALEIGH, NC --</b> NC State's 2005 football opener against Virginia Tech, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 3, has been moved to Sunday, September 4.

The game, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2, will kick off at 7:15 p.m. on the day before Labor Day.

"We are excited about being able to kick off our season on a holiday weekend against a conference opponent on national television," said head coach Chuck Amato. "Opening the season against the defending ACC Champion is certainly a challenge for our team, but it is a great opportunity to showcase our program and NC State University nationally."

The annual Aggie-Eagle Classic, the game between North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central which is traditionally played in Carter-Finley Stadium on the Sunday before Labor Day, will be played on Monday, Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. with gates opening at 9:00 a.m.


Fans of the Aggie-Eagle Football Classic played in Raleigh will have an extra day to get pumped up for this year's renewal of the long-time rivalry between North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina Central University.

The Aggie-Eagle Football Classic will kickoff on Labor Day, Monday, September 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium, with gates opening at 9:00 a.m. The game is traditionally played on the Sunday before Labor Day. This year's contest was rescheduled to accommodate N.C. State University's football home opener against ACC football champion, Virginia Tech. The State-Tech game was originally scheduled for Saturday, September 3rd; but, instead the game will be played the following day and televised nationally on ESPN2 beginning at 7:15 p.m. Representatives of the Capital Area Sports Foundation and N.C. State negotiated an arrangement that allowed the Wolfpack to play at Carter-Finley Stadium on the day normally reserved for the A&T-NCCU game.

This will be the twelfth straight year the Aggie-Eagle Football Classic has been played at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. The Aggie-Eagle Football Classic brings more than 40,000 fans to Raleigh. The Capital Area Sports Foundation sponsors the Aggie-Eagle Football Classic, with support from the City of Raleigh and Wake County.

If you would like more information or have a question, you may reach the Capital Area Sports Foundation staff at (919) 831-6050 or email them at Aggie.Eagle@ci.raleigh.nc.us . Jayne Kirkpatrick, Director, Public Affairs

Prepared by: John Boyette, Public Affairs Specialist

For more information: Lawrence Wray, Assistant City Manager, 890-3160

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