After not playing each other since shortly after the Hokies left the old Big East for the ACC, the battle for The Black Diamond Trophy will renew to start the 2017 season. The game will be held at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.
As you can see from WVU's Director of Athletics, Oliver Luck's statement, this won't affect the previously scheduled Home and Home series set for 2021 & 2022.
"West Virginia University had a great experience at FedExField in 2012, and we are looking forward to playing there again against Virginia Tech," said Oliver Luck, WVU Director of Athletics. "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. West Virginia and Virginia Tech have had a great historical rivalry over the years, and it’s great that the two schools can renew the series, starting in Washington, D.C. in 2017, and then two games in 2021 and 2022."
The Mountaineers have previously played at FedEx against FCS opponent James Madison and will make the journey eastward again in 2016 to take on BYU.
The scheduling for football is getting much more appealing for fans with games such as this, the upcoming series with Penn State, the possible addition of Tennessee and of course the Alabama opener this coming season.
Now, about that little thing called the Backyard Brawl...