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Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic

Friday, September 03, 2021 - Sunday, September 05, 2021 All Day Event

The annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic returns to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in 2021. The game will feature Grambling State University and Tennessee State University.

 

Tickets

End Zone Reserved - $29
Reserved - $39
Premium Seats (No Club Access) - $69
Club Seating (Food/Beverage Included) - $150

Group tickets available.
Purchase 15 and get two tickets FREE!

Email [email protected] for details

 

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Schedule of Events

*All events, locations, artists and times subject to change.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

READING THE PLAYBOOK
7 a.m.

  • Location: Stark and Summit County Schools
  • Event Description: Our local community partners and The Divine Nine (Black Greek Letter fraternity and sorority organizations) are committed to coaching kids to an education touchdown through a “Reading the Playbook” event during the Classic weekend. This event incorporates mentors and leaders with elementary students for a day of reading and inspiring a strong first-quarter start in life.

CLASSIC COLLEGE FAIR
9 a.m.

  • Location: Nash Family Event & Conference Center at the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Cost: Free for Students
  • Event Description: The Classic College Fair will provide game-changing higher education opportunities for high school students from the surrounding area, giving them the opportunity learn, explore and interact with representatives from several colleges, including many HBCUs from across the country.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (EDUCATION DAY)

VIP RECEPTION & SOCIAL JUSTICE DISCUSSION
5:30 p.m.

  • Location: Nash Family Event & Conference Center at the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Cost: Private Event
  • Event Description: Gathering Black College and Pro Football Hall of Famers, leaders from Grambling State and Tennessee State universities, national, state and local dignitaries and national celebrities to discuss social justice issues and solutions as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's HuddleUpAmerica series. This important discussion will include impactful stories from Hall of Famers and their journeys on the road to equality and the importance of the BCFHOF today. Stronger Together.

CLASSIC STEP SHOW
7 p.m.

  • Location: McKinley High School, Timken Campus
  • Cost: $20 with game ticket, $30 without game ticket
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  • Event Description: Stepping has deep roots in African culture, based on communities that used movements and sound to communicate and show allegiances. The modern step show can be traced back to the early 1900s, when historically African American fraternities and sororities would perform similar dance and music rituals, typically high-spirited chants promoting their organization. This event is in collaboration with The Divine Nine.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (COMMUNITY DAY)

CLASSIC GOLF OUTING
8 a.m.

  • Location: Clearview Golf Course, East Canton
  • Cost: For information, please contact [email protected] or (330) 588-3714.
  • Event Description: Join Black College Hall of Famers and many other dignitaries and celebrities for the second annual Classic Golf Outing at the historic Clearview Golf Course. Last year, more than 75 golfers enjoyed fellowship, food and fun. 

    Clearview Golf Club is the first golf course in the United States that was constructed, owned and operated by an African American. The course was purchased in 1946 by National Black Golf Hall of Famer Bill Powell and opened as an integrated course to the public in April 1948.

CLASSIC "GREEK SERVICE DAY"
9 a.m.

  • Location: Habitat for Humanity, Canton
  • Event Description: Join members of The Divine Nine for a “Brush with Kindness” neighborhood beautification project.

CLASSIC FUN FEST
11 a.m.

  • Location: Centennial Plaza, Canton
  • Cost: Free entry and open to the public. Food and drinks for sale.
  • Event Description: A NEW "Classic" tradition! Join us for a day full of fun in downtown Canton at Centennial Plaza. Non-stop entertainment, including music, karaoke, line dancing, games, prizes and a talent show. Food trucks and downtown vendors showing off Canton’s finest foods.

FAITH, FAMILY, AND FOOTBALL GOSPEL CONCERT, FEATURING MARVIN SAPP
5 p.m.

  • Location: Centennial Plaza, Canton
  • Cost: Free entry and open to the public.
  • Event Description: As a part of the downtown Classic Fun Fest the night will be highlighted with a gospel concert featuring the joyful sounds of 11-time Grammy-nominated artist Marvin Sapp. Very special “must see” appearances by the Grambling State and Tennessee State bands.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 (GAME DAY)

CLASSIC PREGAME PARTY
11 a.m. - Kickoff

  • Location: Pro Football Hall of Fame Campus
  • Cost: Free entry and open to the public. Food and drinks for sale. VIP Tents available for purchase please contact [email protected].
  • Event Description: A "Classic" tradition! Get ready for an energetic pregame experience on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus before kickoff. The tailgate will include a must-see marching band preview as the university marching bands enter the stadium in extraordinary fashion along with non-stop entertainment, including music, line dancing, games, prizes and talent show.

BCFHOF CLASSIC "BLACK JACKET" REUNION LUNCHEON
11:30 a.m.

  • Location: Pro Football Hall of Fame/Tom Benson HOF Stadium
  • Cost: Private Event
  • Event Description: The beginning of an annual tradition. A tight-knit huddle of Black Jackets -- members of the Black College Football Hall of Fame. They will share love, laughter and fellowship.

2021 BCFHOF CLASSIC GAME, FEATURING GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY and TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
4 p.m.

  • Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
  • Cost: SEE TICKET OPTIONS
  • Event Description: Come watch the “Battle of the Tigers” as these legendary HBCU programs collide at the magnificent Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Don’t leave your seats at halftime as the “Aristocrat of Bands” at Tennessee State and the “Tiger Marching Band” of Grambling State put on a show for the ages! After the game, stay to see the presentation of the MVP and the trophy to the winning team.

Volunteer Opportunities

The majority of the events held during the Classic Weekend will be organized and run by local volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, we would love to have you!

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