BLACKSBURG – The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2021 football schedule Thursday, and Virginia Tech will play seven games at Lane Stadium this season
The season will begin with a conference clash with North Carolina on either Thursday, Sept. 2 or Friday, Sept. 3. In addition to ACC home games with Pitt (Oct. 16), Syracuse (Oct. 23) and Duke (Nov. 13), the Hokies will also host Notre Dame (Oct. 9) and Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 11) in Blacksburg.
The season opener marks the first time since 1946 that Virginia Tech has begun the season against the Tar Heels. The two teams also opened the 1898 and 1945 seasons. In a series that dates back to 1895, the Hokies own a 24-13-6 all-time advantage against the Tar Heels. Tech has won its last two home meetings against North Carolina, including the longest game in ACC history, a six-overtime, 43-41 victory in 2019.
Tech and Notre Dame will square off for the fourth time and only the second time at Lane Stadium when the Fighting Irish visit on Oct. 9. Six of Tech’s first seven games are at home while four of the squad’s final five games are on the road.
The Hokies will resume their Black Diamond Trophy series with West Virginia on Sept. 18, marking the first time head coach Justin Fuente has led the team into West Virginia. Tech has won its last three meetings with the Mountaineers and will play in Morgantown for the first time since 2005.
Syracuse will visit Lane Stadium for the first time in 18 seasons and for the initial time as an ACC opponent. The Orange haven’t played in Blacksburg since the Hokies posted a 51-7 victory in a Big East contest in 2003. The game will mark only the second meeting between the teams as ACC foes.
The schedule will also include a non-conference contest vs. Richmond (Sept. 25). The game will mark the 52nd meeting between the Hokies and the Spiders, renewing a series that was played annually from 1945-63 and again from 1974-86. The two teams last met in Blacksburg in 1985.
Tech’s ACC road schedule features contests at Georgia Tech (Oct. 30), at Boston College (Nov. 6) and at Miami (Nov. 20). The Hokies will close out the regular season with the Commonwealth Clash game at Virginia on Nov. 27. Tech has won 20 of the past 22 games with the Cavaliers, including nine of the last 11 contests in Charlottesville.
For just 1% down, Tech fans can secure season tickets in Lane Stadium for the Hokies’ 2021 home slate. Flexible payment plans are also available, including the option to defer future payments to May of 2021.
The deadline to renew season tickets is March 1, 2021. More information can be found at HokieSports.com/Renewal. The Hokie Scholarship Fund priority giving deadline is March 31, 2021.
VIRGINIA TECH 2021 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
September 2 or 3 NORTH CAROLINA
September 11 MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
September 18 at West Virginia
September 25 RICHMOND
October 2 OPEN
October 9 NOTRE DAME
October 16 PITT
October 23 SYRACUSE
October 30 at Georgia Tech
November 5 at Boston College
November 13 DUKE
November 20 at Miami
November 27 at Virginia
December 4 ACC Championship Game – Charlotte, NC