BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ/Virginia Tech Release) – The Atlantic Coast Conference has released its 2021 football schedule, with Virginia Tech hosting seven games at Lane Stadium.

The season will kick off with a conference clash against North Carolina 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 host Notre Dame (Oct. 9) and Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 11) in Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech will begin the season with North Carolina for the first time since 1946. The two teams also opened the 1898 and 1945 seasons against one another. 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-OT, 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 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 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. The Hokies won their most recent contest against West Virginia, posting a 31-24 win at FedExField in 2017.

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 during the 2003 season. The game will mark only the second meeting between the teams as ACC foes.

Virginia Tech’s 2021 home schedule will also include a non-conference contest vs. Richmond (Sept. 25). It will mark the 52nd meeting between the Hokies and 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 a 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. New season tickets are available for purchase here.

For those fans who had originally purchased season tickets for the 2020 season, renewal applications are available here. 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. For more information on the Hokie Scholarship Fund, the investment guidebook can be found here.

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

HOME GAMES IN BOLD – Schedule as of Jan. 28, 2021 and subject to change

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