PEMBROKE — Athletics department officials at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke announced Thursday that Saturday afternoon’s regularly scheduled football contest between 21st-ranked UNCP and Kentucky Wesleyan will now be played in Laurinburg. Kickoff at Scotland High School’s Pate Stadium is set for 2 p.m.
Admission price is $10 for all seating. UNCP season ticket holders, as well as pre-sold UNCP single game tickets, will be honored at the gates as well. Will call and ticket sales will be held at the main gate on the home side of the stadium. Gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
“After consulting with Chancellor Cummings, we feel it best to relocate the game from Pembroke so that resources on campus and within Robeson County can remain focused on getting help to those in need,” said UNCP director of athletics Dick Christy. “That being said, we have an obligation to our students, staff and #BraveNation fans to play the football game if we are able.
“In the smallest scope, it is my hope that we can be a distraction for those facing so much. In the larger scope, I hope this game will let fans and alumni in our region use this day as a rallying point for our fatigued community and volunteers to turn their attention to a lighter topic…even if just for a few hours.”
Fans are asked to use caution when traveling to the venue. Although most of the roads in the Scotland County/Laurinburg area are clear and passable, conditions can change without notice.
A drop off location will be available at Pate Stadium for those wishing to donate to the relief and recovery effort in Robeson County. The need is greater for new, unopened personal care items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and toilet paper. The donation of cases of water is also encouraged.
“We are so appreciative to the leadership at Scotland County Schools and Coach Bailey for his willingness to support the needs of our program and community,” Christy said. “Scotland High School’s selflessness and responsiveness has been an example of all that is good in sports.”
Pate Stadium at Scotland High School will play host to UNCP’s football game on Saturday against Kentucky Wesleyan.