ECU announces future football series with Boise State

The Pirates will make their first trip to the blue turf of Boise's Albertsons Stadium in 2026 with a return game in Greenville in 2028

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ECU players enter the field before a game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

  East Carolina and Boise State have agreed to a future home-and-home football series, the schools announced Thursday.

  The Pirates will make their first trip to play on the Broncos’ famous blue turf at Albertsons Stadium on Sept. 12, 2026 before playing a return game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium two years later on Setp. 9, 2028.

  “Both programs have uniquely established traditions, outstanding game day venues and a proud history of outstanding fan support,” ECU coach Scottie Montgomery said in a statement announcing the games. “No one can predict what the college football landscape will look like then, but an inter-regional series featuring the American (Athletic Conference) against the Mountain West is certainly intriguing today.”

  The Pirates and Broncos have met one previous time, with ECU posting a 41-38 victory at the 2007 Hawaii Bowl behind the 223-yard rushing performance of Chris Johnson. The teams have combined to play in 17 postseason games since then.

  Boise State, which takes on Fresno State on Saturday in this year’s Mountain West championship game, joins Appalachian State on ECU’s 2026 non-conference schedule. The Broncos are the Pirates’ first announced opponent for 2028.