Everybody loves some in-state rivalry games, right? Well, the two Division I schools in Delaware will be facing off again in football, starting in 2024.
University of Delaware and Delaware State University agreed to a six year deal which the two football teams will match up against each other until the 2030 season.
The deal also features two home games for Delaware State which will be the first time ever Delaware will travel to Dover. Delaware State will host the first two games of this six year deal ( 2024 & 2025) and then the Blue Hens will host the next three games at Delaware Stadium ( 2026, 2027 and 2029). According to the Delaware press release, the sixth game location will be determined by the first five meetings.
The two schools do play each other in the 2019 and 2020 seasons but these games are separate from the six year deal. The two schools have met eight times in their history and the last time was in 2017.
University of Delaware Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak talked about the match up between the two schools and how it will let people show their pride for the two colleges, via Delaware press release.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring our two state institutions together. Both of these Universities have outstanding people who make an impact across the state,” said University of Delaware Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak said. “This series will be an opportunity for many folks in this state to show off their pride for their respective schools.”
Delaware State Director of Athletics Dr. D. Scott Gines commented on how the football series will bring the community and state together, as they cheer on their respected colleges, via Delaware press release.
“”This football series agreement provides another opportunity for Delaware’s major public Universities to engage while also bringing together state and local officials, alumni and fans of each school, constituents and our communities,” said Delaware State Director of Athletics Dr. D. Scott Gines. “We are excited to be a part of this showcase for our great institutions and the First State.”
Both DSU and Blue Hens Football Coaches commented on the agreement as both seeing this a great opportunity for the fans and the community.
“We are looking forward to this series with Delaware State and to celebrate our state’s two major universities. This agreement will create a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for the fans of both universities,” Delaware head coach Danny Rocco said.
“It’s exciting for each school and the state that our football series will continue into the next decade and beyond,” said Delaware State head coach Rod Milstead. “I’m also pleased that at least two of the games are scheduled to be played in Dover, allowing fans in central and southern Delaware a better opportunity to attend.”