Liberty adds football games with Virginia Tech, Old Dominion
Liberty has expanded its future football matchups with Old Dominion and Virginia Tech, announcing today a five-game football series with the Hokies and two additional football games against the Monarchs.
“We are very excited about the series with Virginia Tech and especially hosting the Hokies at Williams Stadium in both 2022 and 2030,” said Liberty Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. “Whit Babcock is providing outstanding leadership of their athletics program and Coach Fuente is one of the rising coaching stars in the nation.”
“The series with Old Dominion provides us additional attractive matchups against a high quality opponent in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” continued McCaw. “The job that Wood Selig and Coach Wilder have done in building the Monarchs’ program is remarkable. We continue to make excellent progress in assembling our future football schedules and Flames Nation will be energized as we continue to unveil our future opponents.”
With the newly announced five-game series against the Hokies, Liberty will host Virginia Tech at Williams Stadium in 2022 (Nov. 19) and 2030 (Sept. 7), while making return trips to Lane Stadium in 2027 (Nov. 20), 2028 (Sept. 2) and 2029 (Sept. 1).
The five-game series gives Liberty a total of six future matchups against Virginia Tech, including the previously announced game in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 5, 2020.
The 2020 game will mark Liberty’s first meeting with Virginia Tech as a FBS program. Liberty opened the 2016 season at Virginia Tech on Sept. 3, falling to the Hokies, 36-13, in the first-ever matchup between the two programs.
With the two newly announced contests against Old Dominion, the Monarchs will make the trip to Lynchburg, Va., in 2018 (Sept. 1) and 2021 (Sept. 18) and the Flames will travel to Norfolk, Va., in 2022 (Sept. 24).
Liberty and Old Dominion gave fans at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium a thrilling contest on Oct. 5, 2013, during the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Monarchs needed a 27-yard touchdown pass during the final minute of the game to secure a 21-17 victory over the Flames in front of 20,118 fans.
On Feb. 16, the NCAA approved Liberty’s waiver request to begin the two-year FBS reclassification process. Liberty will complete its final season as a FCS program in 2017, playing as a member of the Big South Conference, but will not be eligible for the conference title nor the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
During the 2018 season, Liberty will compete as a FBS independent program and will not be eligible for postseason competition. At the conclusion of the two-year process, Liberty will be a full-fledged FBS program in 2019, which will include the opportunity to compete for bowl game appearances.
The Flames will host their first FBS home game against Old Dominion on Sept. 1, 2018, the first of four FBS teams to visit Williams Stadium in 2018 to meet the FBS reclassification criteria. The 2018 home schedule also features FBS matchups against North Texas (Sept. 22), Troy (Oct. 13) and New Mexico State (Nov. 24).
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 season with prices remaining the same from the previous season. Fans who purchase season tickets this year will have priority on purchasing season tickets in 2018. For more information about becoming a season ticket holder, please contact the Flames Ticket Office at (434) 582-SEAT (7328) or email@example.com.
Fans can support Liberty Football and enjoy special game-day privileges by joining the Flames Club. The Flames Club exists to underwrite Liberty Athletics’ three-fold mission to train Champions for Christ, provide a world-class student-athlete experience and achieve victory with integrity.
Flames Club membership starts at just $60 and members can enjoy preferred parking, seating and pregame hospitality benefits, based upon membership level. All seats at Williams Stadium other than general admission bleacher seats require membership in the Flames Club.
For more information about red reserved bench-back seats, blue premium chair-back seats, or club seats, call the Flames Club at 434-582-CLUB (2582), email FlamesClub@liberty.edu, or visit www.LibertyFlames.com/FlamesClub.
Future Liberty Football Games
- Sept. 1, 2018 – Old Dominion at Liberty *
- Sept. 18, 2021 – Old Dominion at Liberty
- Sept. 24, 2022 – Liberty at Old Dominion
- Sept. 5, 2020 – Liberty at Virginia Tech *
- Nov. 19, 2022 – Virginia Tech at Liberty
- Nov. 20, 2027 – Liberty at Virginia Tech
- Sept. 2, 2028 – Liberty at Virginia Tech
- Sept. 1, 2029 – Liberty at Virginia Tech
- Sept. 7, 2030 – Virginia Tech at Liberty
* – Previously Announced Game