Carrier Classic is Official

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It's official -- North Carolina and Michigan State will play in the first-ever basketball game to be held on an aircraft carrier on Nov. 11, 2011. Roy Williams confirmed on Monday night that the contract for the Veterans Day Carrier Classic has been signed and completed.

"It's completely done now -- we have a signed contract in hand," Williams said on his weekly radio show. "We're going to play in the Carrier Classic next year on 11/11/11 – that's Veterans Day – on an aircraft carrier in the San Diego harbor against Michigan State University."

The UNC basketball team plans to travel to San Diego on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in order to practice and participate in some events for the military personnel in attendance on Thursday.

"We're going to get a few hundred tickets, Michigan State is going to get a few hundred tickets and the rest of the tickets are going to go to out to military personnel," Williams said. "We're just excited to be a part of what I think will be a great event."

The first-ever aircraft carrier game is expected to generate plenty of media exposure as more details will be released in the coming months.

"I think they've also signed an agreement that it's going to be televised [on] ESPN," Williams said. "I think it's going to be a great thing and I'm really excited about it."

The Tar Heels will then fly home after the game on Friday night so that they will be able to open UNC Asheville's new arena on Sunday, Nov. 13.

North Carolina leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 10-3, including a 5-0 mark in the NCAA Tournament.

Inside Carolina Top Stories