For more than 100 years, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) have faced off in football games featuring the talent of their athletes, marching bands, and dance lines. Each Classic is centered around the pride, history and traditions that draws fans from across the country to this highly anticipated sporting event.
The Black College Football Hall of Fame’s (BCFHOF) first-ever Classic is coming to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s campus over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The Alabama A&M University Bulldogs of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) will take on the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, adjacent to the Hall of Fame Museum.
But “Classic Weekends” are more than a great football game. They are like no other football experience. While the weekend is centered around a football game featuring two HBCUs, unlike traditional college bowl games, classics take place during college football’s regular season. They differ from standard regular season games in that they are often accompanied by entertaining battle of the bands, tailgate parties, social events, and concerts. It is truly an entertainment and sports extravaganza.
The Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic will include it all. The schools’ renowned marching bands will perform at halftime of the game and a special concert from Morris Day & The Time will immediately follow the season opener for the two colleges.
Other exciting festivities over the course of the weekend will include a Drumline & Dance Competition on Saturday, Aug. 31 at noon. On the day of the game, a pre-game Hall of Fame Tailgate Party and player autograph sessions will take place on the Hall’s campus. Live entertainment will be provided from noon to 3 p.m. including performances by the Alabama A&M and Morehouse bands. There will also be a food court, beer garden and interactive sponsor booths.
Tickets to the Classic start at $30 and are now available for purchase at https://www.profootballhof.com/events/black-college-football-hall-of-fame-classic/
Club seats are available for $125 and include upscale food and beverage with the ticket price. Each ticket includes access to the post-game concert in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
The BCFHOF will have a permanent home at the Pro Football Hall of Fame to tell the story of HBCUs for future generations. Proceeds from the BCFHOF Classic will go toward the creation and operation of the BCFHOF.