This afternoon Virginia Tech announced a neutral site game against West Virginia at FedExField in 2017. Mitch Vingle of The Charleston Gazette reported the possibility of a matchup back in April.
The two teams played every year from 1973 until 2005. The Mountaineers edged the Hokies during that time, 17-16, but the Hokies won 6 of the final 8 meetings, including the past two, and have been in possession of The Black Diamond Trophy ever since. It's unclear if the trophy will be up for grabs in the 2017 contest.
"It is an exciting matchup for both schools' fans to look forward to," Virginia Tech Athletic Director Whit Babcock said in a release. "I appreciate the work of Coach Beamer and Associate AD John Ballein in arranging this extremely strong non-conference matchup. Not only will the game renew a passionate rivalry, it will also be played at a site that is centered in a major alumni base for both schools."
"West Virginia University had a great experience at FedExField in 2012, and we are looking forward to playing there again against Virginia Tech," said Oliver Luck, WVU Director of Athletics, in a release. "Not only do our players enjoy playing in NFL stadiums, West Virginia has a lot of alumni living in the Washington, D.C. metro area and playing at a great venue like FedExField gives our fans a road game that is in close proximity. West Virginia and Virginia Tech have had a great historical rivalry over the years, and it's great that the two schools can renew the series, starting in Washington, D.C. in 2017, and then two games in 2021 and 2022."
Tech is scheduled to travel to Morgantown in 2021, and host the 'Eers in 2022. Tech will play 8 ACC games and host Delaware, Old Dominion, and travel to East Carolina in 2017.