After playing its home football games during its inaugural season in Irmo, S.C., 17 miles morthwest of its campus, Allen University will play this year's home games closer to home.
Benedict College has agreed to share its home field with neighboring Allen for the Yellow Jackets 2019 football season. Allen will play its first home game in Charlie W. Johnson stadium on September 29.
"I was delighted when President (Ernest) McNealey reached out to me this summer to inquire about using the stadium and I am proud that we were able to reach an agreement in a single conversation that will allow our sister-HBCU to play most of its home games in Columbia, "said BC President & CEO Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. "While this is not a permanent solution, our collaboration this season is a tribute to Charlie W. Johnson, whose name the stadium bears. He is not only the Chair of our Board of Trustees, but he is a former NFL professional football player who understands the power of teamwork and sportsmanship."
Much like schools in the Atlanta University Center, Benedict and Allen are literally across the street from each other. While they both have indoor athletic facilities, Benedict's stadium, which opened in 2006, is just a few blocks from both schools.
Benedict has three games scheduled at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium on September 14, October 12 and November 2. The BC Tigers also have two Classic games scheduled on September 21 in Augusta, GA and September 28 in Greenville, SC.
Allen is scheduled to play four games in the BC Charlie W. Johnson stadium
September 28 - Brevard
October 5 - Middle Georgia State
October 19 - St. Thomas University
October 26 - Columbus State