Liberty adds games to football series with UMass

libertyThe Flames will become quite familiar with the Minutemen during the early part of their FBS days, with Liberty and UMass announcing four additional football games in its series between the two schools.

Liberty and UMass will now square off against each other for the next eight seasons, with today’s announcement extending the series through the 2025 season.

The new four-game announcement will have the Flames traveling to Amherst, Mass., in 2022 (Oct. 29) and 2024 (Nov. 16). The Minutemen will return to Lynchburg to face the Flames in 2023 (Nov. 11) and 2025 (Nov. 1).

The Flames will begin the series with games at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in 2018 (Nov. 3) and 2019 (Nov. 2), while Liberty will welcome UMass to Williams Stadium in 2020 (Nov. 28) and 2021 (Nov. 6).

As part of its FBS transition process, Liberty has now announced completed football schedules for the next four seasons, plus match-ups that extend through the 2030 season.

On Feb. 16, 2017, the NCAA approved Liberty’s waiver request to begin the two-year FBS reclassification process. Liberty completed its final season as a FCS program in 2017, playing as a member of the Big South Conference.

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 transition 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).

Fans who purchased season tickets in 2017 or will purchase 2018 season tickets will have priority on purchasing season tickets in 2019. For more information about becoming a season ticket holder, please contact the Flames Ticket Office at (434) 582-SEAT (7328) or tickets@liberty.edu.

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, club seats or future loge box seats, call 434-582-CLUB (2582), email FlamesClub@liberty.edu, or visit www.LibertyFlames.com/FlamesClub.

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