Aloha! Western Carolina to visit Hawaii in 2017

Cullowhee, NC ( – Western Carolina’s football program will
open its 2017 season at the University of Hawaii in a first-ever meeting
between the two programs.

The game will be played Sept. 2, 2017 at Aloha Stadium. The NCAA will allow
Western Carolina to play 12 games that season while the rest of the FCS will
have a maximum of 11 regular-season contests.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes to go and play a
very good Mountain West opponent, and to do so in a beautiful setting in
Hawaii,” Catamounts coach Mark Speir said. “The chance to play this game really
adds to the overall quality of our student-athlete experience for our football
players at Western Carolina.”

WCU athletic director Randy Eaton said the terms of the undisclosed contract
will cover the cost of the team’s trip.

The Catamounts finished 7-5 last season – their most wins since 2001 – while
tying for second place in the Southern Conference.