- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Virginia Tech and West Virginia will open the 2017 season at FedEx Field.

The Sept. 2, 2017 game was announced Tuesday by the Washington Redskins and the schools, who are regular visitors to the NFL stadium.

The game will mark Virginia Tech’s fourth appearance at FedEx since 2004 and West Virginia’s third, including a scheduled 2016 game there against BYU.

“It is an exciting matchup for both schools’ fans to look forward to,” Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement. “I appreciate the work of Coach [Frank] Beamer and Associate AD John Ballein in arranging this extremely strong non-conference matchup. Not only will the game renew a passionate rivalry, it will also be played at a site that is centered in a major alumni base for both schools.”

Added West Virginia A.D. Oliver Luck: “West Virginia University had a great experience at FedExField in 2012, and we are looking forward to playing there again against Virginia Tech. Not only do our players enjoy playing in NFL stadiums, West Virginia has a lot of alumni living in the Washington, D.C. metro area and playing at a great venue like FedExField gives our fans a road game that is in close proximity.”

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