Liberty and East Carolina have entered into a home and home football series as announced by the schools Tuesday.

The series will begin on Sept. 21, 2024 at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg on the campus of Liberty University with the follow up game at East Carolina coming on Sept. 22, 2029. According to sources, this series comes on the heels of the Liberty-Marshall home and home football series being canceled.

Despite being located less than 200 miles away from each other, the two football teams have never met on the gridiron. This will also mark the first time Liberty has ever played a football team from the American Athletic Association.

The Pirates were long time members of Conference USA from 1997-2013 before joining the AAC where they have been members since that time. ECU has seen a resurgence the past couple of years under head coach Mike Houston. The Pirates ended a seven year bowl drought this past season, advancing to the Birmingham Bowl where they defeated Coastal Carolina to finish the year at 8-5.

With these additions, Liberty’s 2024 non-conference schedule currently consists of East Carolina, Campbell, and Appalachian State. The Flames are scheduled to host Campbell on August 31 to open the season and travel to Boone, North Carolina on Sept. 28.

Liberty’s 2029 non-conference schedule now features games at Virginia Tech (Sept. 1) and ECU (Sept. 22) while playing host to Coastal Carolina on Sept. 29. All of these dates and games are subject to change.

All Future Liberty Football Schedules