The Virginia Union football program will return to the field on September 4 when the Panthers travel to Hampton, Va., for a rematch with Hampton University in the kickoff of the 2021 season.
VUU defeated Hampton 36-17 in the opening game of the 2019 football season. Virginia Union had the 2020 season canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as did Hampton. The two programs were set to meet last fall.
“We are excited about the Fall 2021 season, lots of preparation will need to go into getting ready for an extremely challenging schedule,” VUU head football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker.
The Panthers will christen the new FieldTurf surface on Willie Lanier Field at Hovey Stadium when VUU faces #5 Valdosta State University at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11.
“Playing top level competition is always our goal, everyone involved in our program understands the expectations and are up for the task,” said Parker.
Homecoming 2021 will see the VUU play host to the Lions of Lincoln University on Saturday, October 9.
“Opening the season against an FCS opponent followed by a program who recently won the national championship gives us an opportunity to find out what type of team we are early, this along with a tough slate of CIAA contests will definitely provide the Panther faithful some excitement this fall,” Parker said.
The Willard Bailey Classic will feature VUU against Virginia University at Lynchburg at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, while the Panthers will face Virginia State University on Senior Day at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6.