(WAVY) — When Old Dominion’s opens up its new football stadium in August, it will play what is arguably its toughest schedule since bringing back football in 2009.

ODU opens at home on August 31 against Norfolk State.

Following that, the Monarchs play back-to-back road games against ACC teams when they travel to Blacksburg on September 7 to take on Virginia Tech followed by a game in Charlottesville against the University of Virginia.

The Monarchs then return home to take one East Carolina of the American Athletic Conference.

ODU opens Conference USA play at home on October 5 against Western Kentucky, then its consecutive road games against Marshall and league champion UAB.

Date                Opponent                              Location                   

8/31                 Norfolk State                        Norfolk, Va.                    

9/7                   at Virginia Tech                    Blacksburg, Va.               

9/21                 at Virginia                            Charlottesville, Va.           

9/28                 East Carolina                       Norfolk, Va.                     

10/5                 WKU                                   Norfolk, Va.                     

10/12               at Marshall                           Huntington, W. Va.   

10/19               at UAB                                 Birmingham, Ala.     

10/26               Florida Atlantic                      Norfolk, Va.             

11/2                 at FIU                                   Miami, Fla.               

11/9                 UTSA                                   Norfolk, Va.             

11/23               at Middle Tennessee              Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

11/30               Charlotte                               Norfolk, Va.