Augusta Free Press

Liberty announces 2020, 2021 football schedules

Liberty Athletics has given Flames Nation an early Christmas present with the announcement of the completed 2020 and 2021 football schedules.

“We continue to make very good progress in building our future football schedules,” said Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. “In addition to today’s announcement, we are close to finishing 2022 and have some exciting series that have been contracted that are further out.”

The schedule release comes one day before the Flames announce their first-ever FBS signing class, as part of the early December signing period.

Liberty had already announced seven of its 12 games in 2020 and nine out of 12 contests in 2021, doing so as part of its earlier football schedule release announcements.

Today’s announcement includes home-and-home series with Middle Tennessee and Louisiana-Monroe in 2020 and 2021, plus a home game in 2020 against FIU. The schedule release also includes home FCS contests against North Carolina A&T and Western Carolina in 2020 and Campbell in 2021.

On Feb. 16, 2017, the NCAA approved Liberty’s waiver request to begin the two-year FBS reclassification process. Liberty recently 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.