Experience The
Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic

September, 01 2022 - September, 04 2022

A Little About
Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic

The annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic returns to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in 2022. The game will feature Central State University and Winston-Salem State University.
 

Tickets

Tickets start at $30

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For premium seating availability and pricing, please contact Rob Sine: 
[email protected] or 330.588.3720

Schedule of Events

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

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 (EDUCATION DAY)

READING THE PLAYBOOK
7 a.m. | Stark and Summit County Schools

Our local community partners and Stark and Summit County's 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 time of reading and inspiring a strong first-quarter start in life.


COLLEGE FAIR
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Hall of Fame Campus

High school students are invited to join at least fifty (50) colleges from across the country, including over twenty (20) Historically Black Colleges and Universities, such as Clark Atlanta, Bethune-Cookman and Jackson State, at the 2nd Annual Classic College Fair at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

In addition to interacting with college representatives, the Fair will include live breakout sessions with college personnel presenting on the admissions process and current or former HBCU students presenting on the experience of attending an HBCU. Live sessions will conclude by 1 p.m. and the College Fair will remain open until 2 p.m. .

Please RSVP to secure spots for your students. Seating and capacity are limited for this event. For more information or to reserve spots for your students, contact [email protected]


LET'S TALK ART @ THE CLASSIC 2022
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Doubletree Canton Downtown

LET’S TALK ART, LLC., an Ohio-based company, founded by Creative Director, Rosetta Brown, in partnership with Golden Galleries owner, Keith Golden, Esq. a pioneer in African American Fine Art Publishing presents “Let’s Talk Art @ The Classic 2022" from September 1-4, 2022, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Canton Downtown. The Art by Golden and Golden Galleries brand was established over 30 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee by Keith Golden. Curating collective, investment-grade, and timeless art, Golden Galleries has been a trusted partner among African American artists such as George Hunt, Paul Goodnight, David Driskell, and James Dunbar. A collection of various artworks will be on sale throughout the Classic weekend this year. Join us and Let’s Talk Art!
 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (EDUCATION DAY)

LET'S TALK ART @ THE CLASSIC 2022
12 p.m. - 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Doubletree Canton Downtown

A collection of various artworks by Keith Golden & Golden Galleries will be on sale throughout the Classic weekend this year. Join us and Let’s Talk Art!
 

VIP Reception
5 - 7 p.m. | Pro Football Hall of Fame

Gathering Black College and Pro Football Hall of Famers, leaders from Central State and Winston-Salem State universities, national, state and local dignitaries to kick off the Classic Weekend.

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COMMUNITY OPEN-MIC
6 p.m. | University of Akron Infocision Stadium

In collaboration with the Jason Taylor Foundation, bring your friends, family, neighbors and come to the mic to share your poetry, musical gifts, spoken word and other talents in a fun and relaxed environment. Open to all Summit and Stark County community members ages 14 and up.
 

THE RED CARPET AFFAIR
9 p.m. | Metropolitan Event Center

Presented by TKD Productions, this event will welcome all guests to the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic Weekend. Start the evening off on the rooftop then move to the ballroom for a evening filled with music, food and drinks including a bourbon sampling sponsored by Maker’s Mark.

Tickets can be found at The Red Carpet Affair
 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (COMMUNITY DAY)

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY DAY OF SERVICE
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. |  Neighborhood Revitalization in Partnership with The Divine Nine (1424 Allen Ave SE, Canton, OH 44707)

Team up with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio to tackle neighborhood revitalization projects that will help strengthen and support the Southeast Canton community. No experience or tools required—bring a good team spirit and Habitat will provide all the tools and materials needed. Huddle up and help make a difference that lasts with Habitat for Humanity. This event is free, but registration is required. For more information, call 330-915-5888 or email [email protected]


FUN FEST
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Centennial Plaza, Downtown Canton

This Classic tradition was one of last year’s most exciting gatherings! 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 talent show. Food trucks and some of the area’s best vendors show off Canton’s finest. Very special “must-see” appearances by Central State and Winston-Salem State universities’ marching bands.


LET'S TALK ART @ THE CLASSIC 2022
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Doubletree Canton Downtown

A collection of various artworks by Keith Golden & Golden Galleries will be on sale throughout the Classic weekend this year. Join us and Let’s Talk Art!
 

FAITH, FAMILY AND FOOTBALL GOSPEL CONCERT FEATURING FRED HAMMOND
5:30 - 8 p.m. | Centennial Plaza, Downtown Canton

As a part of the downtown BCFHOF Classic Funfest the night will be highlighted with a gospel concert featuring one of Gospel’s most legendary artists, Dove, Stellar, and Grammy Award winner, Fred Hammond.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (GAME DAY)

INTERFAITH SERVICE
10 a.m. | Centennial Plaza, Downtown Canton

A time to come together to worship, pray, give thanks, and fellowship as a community of believers. All faiths and religious denominations are welcome.


PRE-GAME PARTY
11 a.m. | Hall of Fame Campus

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 extraordinaire fashion along with non-stop entertainment, including music, line dancing, games, prizes and a talent show.


LET'S TALK ART @ THE CLASSIC 2022
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Doubletree Canton Downtown

A collection of various artworks by Keith Golden & Golden Galleries will be on sale throughout the Classic weekend this year. Join us and Let’s Talk Art!
 

STARK COUNTY MINORITY BUSINESS ASSOCIATION BUSINESS RECEPTION
12 - 3 p.m. | Hall of Fame Campus

Canton has been recognized as an ideal location for the development and establishment of minority businesses. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stark Economic Development Board and Stark Minority Business Business Association and Stark County Moving Forward have been active in making inroads into assisting the development and expansion of minority businesses. The reception is meant to provide a business-friendly atmosphere for minority and non-minority businesses for fellowship, to exchange business cards and otherwise to meet and greet in hopes of furthering future business relations and advancing current ones.


2022 BCFHOF CLASSIC GAME, FEATURING CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY and WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
4 p.m. | Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Come watch the Marauders of Central State take on the Rams of Winston-Salem State University as the two programs face off at the magnificent Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Don’t leave your seats at halftime as the “Red Sea of Sound” from WSSU and the “Invincible Marching Marauders” of Central 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!

Learn more about volunteering for the Classic.

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