SAVANNAH — Savannah State University athletics department has announced its tentative 2010 football schedule.
Major renovations to Theodore A. Wright Stadium have forced SSU to schedule fewer home games. In 2010 the Tigers will play nine road games and two home contests.
"Scheduling was a difficult task for us this season," said interim athletics director Marilynn Suggs. "We wanted to play our usual complement of home games, but with the stadium renovations we will not be able to do so."
"We have scheduled six games in the state of Georgia in order to give our students, alumni, boosters, fans and supporters the best opportunity to see us play. We are extremely excited about the renovations to the stadium and look forward to playing on our campus in 2011," Suggs added.
The Tigers will kick off the season on the road against local rival Georgia Southern in Statesboro on Sept. 4.
The Tigers will play 11 teams from six conferences (Southern, Southern Intercollegiate, Mid-Eastern, Big South, Colonial and Southwestern).
Savannah State will play Fort Valley State on Sept. 11, at a site yet to be determined, followed by a road trip to Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 18 and a Sept. 25 match-up against Albany State at a site yet to be determined. Although the site venue has not been announced, the games against Fort Valley and Albany State will be played in Georgia.
The Tigers will travel to Lynchburg, Va., to play Liberty on Oct. 2 and will head to Atlanta to play Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) newcomer Georgia State in the Georgia Dome on Oct. 9.
SSU will play at Florida A&M on Oct. 16 and at Alabama State on Oct. 23 before an open date on Oct. 30. Old Dominion will be the Tigers’ last road game of the season on Nov. 6.
Savannah State will end the year with back-to-back home games on Nov. 13 and Nov. 20. North Carolina Central will come to Savannah on Nov. 13 and Norfolk State will be SSU’s homecoming opponent on Nov. 20. SSU will announce the site of its home games later.