On September 11th, 2001, the world changed.
Fast forward to March 11th, 2020, and it changed again.
When Old Dominion opens its home slate Saturday on September 11th, 2021, those two dates will clash.
For those who don’t remember, March 11th, 2020 was the date the NBA shut down due to the COVID pandemic. The NBA shutdown drove the reality of the situation home to many, and within the next few weeks, all sports leagues suspended their seasons and much of the county stopped.
Old Dominion would cancel their season later that summer, pushing new head coach Ricky Rahne’s debut back a year or so.
Now, 18 months after that shutdown, and exactly 20 years after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 that changed the country, the Monarchs are ready to hit the field with the magnitude of this date in their minds
That (ODU home opener) is going to be the thing that signals Norfolk is back and ready to go,” Rahne said at Conference USA's media day. “That first game in S.B. Ballard Stadium at Kornblau Field will be tremendous for us and an awesome deal. I’m pushing hard to make sure we sell that thing out and get as many people in the seats as possible.”