Tennessee, West Virginia ‘finalizing’ game at Charlotte in 2018 (report)

Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte (AP photo)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee and West Virginia are close to finalizing an agreement to play a neutral-site game at Charlotte in 2018, the Charleston (W. Va.) Gazette reported on Tuesday.

UT did not immediately comment on the report.

The newspaper quoted Marcus Hammond, the team’s director of football operations, as saying the deal was close to being finished.

“That would give us a marquee game in a marquee venue. It would be exciting for the fans and the team,” he said.

Tennessee has already announced plans to open the 2015 season in Nashville against UAB and play Virginia Tech at the Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016.

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart has said he is interested in pursuing neutral site games. The potential game in Charlotte would likely be played at Bank of America Stadium, which seats 74,000.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones was an assistant at West Virginia in 2005 and 2006.

Tennessee did not immediately comment on the West Virginia report.