UNCP Athletic Director Dan Kenney and FSU Athletic Director Dr. Edward McLean contracted the universities into a four-year contract to play football. The first meeting between the two UNC system institutions on the football field was then scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2009 in FSU's Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium.
The Two Rivers Classic was developed by FSU's AD in order to expand the FSU audience and positively expose the overall talents of its student-athletes. The concept of the weekend derived from McLean's exploits at Elizabeth City State when he developed the "Down East Classic".
The Two Rivers Experience was a list of activities scheduled around the UNCP-FSU football contest and the Labor Day weekend.
Fayetteville State partnered with the Cumberland County Parks & Recreation Department for a community outreach event that focused on area youth. The event utilized the NFL's Punt, Pass & Kick program.
The Two Rivers Golf Tournament gave the two communities the opportunity of a friendly challenge on the links.
The TRC Business After-Hours event was a meet and greet social that involved several chamber of commerce offices and university administrators.
A pre-dawn dance was held for both student-bodies and a tailgate contest was held for all game-day fans.
The classic was scheduled to rotate between the campuses and the winning team would hoist the classic's cup.
The inaugural clash attracted over 8,000 spectators to Jeralds stadium; while the second year away from Fayetteville drew over 6,000.
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a public, co-educational, historically American Indian liberal arts university located in the town of Pembroke in Robeson County. The Lumber River (or Lumbee River) winds through Robeson County and extends downstream to the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Soon after crossing into South Carolina, the Lumber River makes its way into the Atlantic Ocean near Georgetown, SC.
Fayetteville State University is a four-year public comprehensive regional university. The HBCU is located in the city of Fayetteville in Cumberland County. The Cape Fear River flows southeast and widening as an estuary and enters the Atlantic Ocean approximately 3 miles west of Cape Fear. The two institutions are located approximately 47 miles apart.