Louisville announced Monday morning that they will be moving the football season opener up by one day to Wednesday, Sept. 2. The date was originally scheduled for that Thursday.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic the Kentucky Derby was postponed until Sept. 5, leaving Oaks for Sept. 4 and Thurby Sept. 4. There were rising concerns over the conflicting events at Cardinal Stadium and Churchill Downs. Traffic and parking were the main concerns.
"We appreciate the NCAA, ACC, and NC State honoring our request for a date change for the opening game," said athletics director Vince Tyra. ""We are trying to be thoughtful about the shared city resources needed to host a football game and Thurby at the same time."
Louisville and NC State last played in 2019, with the Cardinals taking a 34-20 win in Raleigh. Louisville holds a 7-3 advantage all-time against the Wolfpack.