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The University of Delaware and Delaware State University have signed a six-year deal for a football series beginning in 2024. Included in the deal will be the first-ever trip to Dover for the Blue Hens, which will occur twice during the series.FirstState Showdown

“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.”

“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.”

The Blue Hens and Hornets will square off in 2019 and 2020, which are separate from this six-year contract. The series will begin with back-to-back games in Dover in 2024 and 2025, followed by dates at Delaware Stadium in 2026, 2027 and 2029. The host of the sixth game of the contract will be determined by the first five meetings.

Between the two schools, nearly 50 student-athletes that are Delaware natives will be suited up for the 2019 contest.

UD and Delaware State have met eight previous times, the last time coming in 2017. Del State is 0-8 since the series began in 2007.


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