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Georgia State inks deal with Georgia Dome

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 02: Quarterback Drew Little #11 of the Georgia State Panthers against the Shorter Hawks at Georgia Dome on September 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.
ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 02: Quarterback Drew Little #11 of the Georgia State Panthers against the Shorter Hawks at Georgia Dome on September 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Georgia State will continue to play its home games in the Georgia Dome.

The school this week finalized a three-year deal with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. The agreement runs through the 2016 season, the last for the Dome, which is to be replaced by a new open-air stadium.

The Panthers have played their home games in the Dome since their inaugural season in 2010. The school is one of only eight Division I football programs that play home games in an NFL stadium; the Atlanta Falcons also play in the Georgia Dome.

Georgia State’s 2014 schedule kicks off Aug. 27 against Abilene Christian, the first game of the Football Bowl Subdivision season. The highlight of the Panthers’ 2014 schedule may be Oct. 25 when the Panthers face off against Georgia Southern, marking the first time the two programs play.

In addition, the school’s slate of non-conference powerhouses will continue for at least the next few years. The Panthers will travel to Penn State in 2017, the school announced.

Georgia State played Alabama in 2010 and 2013, Tennessee in 2012 and West Virginia in 2013. The Panthers will travel to Washington on Sept. 20 and Clemson on Nov. 22.

Future non-conference games already on the books for Georgia State are:

2015

  • Sept. 3 vs. Charlotte at the Georgia Dome
  • Sept. 12 at UAB
  • Sept. 19 at Oregon
  • Oct. 3 vs. Liberty at the Georgia Dome

2016

  • Sept. 10 at Air Force
  • Sept. 17 at Wisconsin
  • Oct. 1 vs. UAB at the Georgia Dome

2017

  • Sept. 9 at Charlotte
  • Sept. 16 at Penn State

The Panthers’ complete 2014 schedule:

  • Aug. 27: Abilene Christian (on ESPNU)
  • Sept. 6: New Mexico State (on ESPN3)
  • Sept. 13: Air Force (on ESPN3)
  • Sept. 20: at Washington
  • Oct. 4: at UL Lafayette
  • Oct. 11: Arkansas State (Homecoming)
  • Oct. 18: at South Alabama
  • Oct. 25: Georgia Southern
  • Nov. 1: at Appalachian State
  • Nov. 8: at Troy
  • Nov. 22: at Clemson
  • Nov. 29: Texas State