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Hampton University will play six home football games during the 2021 season with a slate that includes some familiar — and local — foes along with some newcomers to the Big South Conference.
The Pirates will open Sept. 4 against Virginia Union and follow that with a previously announced game at Old Dominion on Sept. 11.
HU also plans to welcome fans back to Armstrong Stadium.
“With the hope of having most, if not all, Pirate fans able to attend in the fall, I look forward to our football team taking the field under the leadership of head coach Robert Prunty and his staff,” athletic director Eugene Marshall Jr. said in a release. “I would also like to thank our President, Dr. William R. Harvey, for his leadership and guidance steering us through this COVID-19 pandemic. I am asking all Pirate fans to follow the COVID-19 protocols, which will be in place when you return to our ‘Home By The Sea’ this season.”
Hampton follows its game at ODU with a visit to Howard (Sept. 18) and the “Battle of the Bay” rivalry game at home against Norfolk State (Oct. 2) before beginning Big South play.
Those games include trips to Charleston Southern (Oct. 16), at home against conference newcomer North Carolina A&T and a visit to associate Big South member Robert Morris (Oct. 30)
Hampton will host Gardner-Webb (Nov. 6), travel to Campbell (Nov. 13) and finish with a home game against North Alabama (Nov. 20).
“This is a schedule that I think all fans can get behind,” Prunty said in a statement. “A strong Big South slate, four games against HBCU schools with three of those at home along with the return of Norfolk State and North Carolina A&T to the schedule will make for an exciting fall of Pirate football.”
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