For anyone in the world of HBCU sports, the HBCU Classics 2023 is more than just a series of games; it’s a showcase of culture, heritage, and unmatched athletic prowess. From the bustling tailgates to the electric atmosphere of the stadium, HBCU Classics are where memories are made.
A Brief History of HBCU Classics and Their Importance
Ever been to the HBCU New York Classic? If not, you’re missing out. The HBCU Classics started as vibrant battles on the field, evolving into large-scale cultural events.
Over the years, the classics have given HBCUs a chance to show off not only their talent but also their rich history. Each classic tells a story about pride and competition that has been passed down from generation to generation.
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Did you know the HBCU Labor Day Classic 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina, from September 1-3, is poised to be a record-breaker? Thousands will flock for the Battle of the Bands, Fan Fest Weekend, a college and career fair. Check out the key HBCU Classics 2023 key matchups.
Have you ever wondered about the Chicago Football Classic 2023? Or perhaps you’re eager for the full HBCU Football Classics 2023 schedule? As we inch closer, expect nothing short of spectacular from each football classic game. See the schedule below to select the 2023 HBCU football classic you want to attend.
HBCU Football Classics 2023 Schedule
|MEAC/SWAC Challenge||Jackson State vs. South Carolina State||Atlanta, GA||Aug. 26|
|Labor Day Classic||Clark Atlanta vs. Kentucky State||Frankfort, KY||Aug. 31|
|Big Cat Classic||Edward Waters vs. Florida Memorial||Jacksonville, FL||Sept. 2|
|Chicago Football Classic||Mississippi Valley State vs. Central State||Chicago, IL||Sept. 2|
|Brick City Classic||Grambling State vs. Hampton||Harrison, NJ||Sept. 2|
|Labor Day Classic||Norfolk State vs. Virginia State||Norfolk, VA||Sept. 2|
|Labor Day Classic||Alabama State vs. Southern||Montgomery, AL||Sept. 2|
|Labor Day Classic||Prairie View A&M vs. Texas Southern||Houston, TX||Sept. 2|
|Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic||Virginia Union vs. Morehouse||Canton, OH||Sept. 3|
|Red Tails Classic||Fort Valley State vs. Tuskegee||Montgomery, AL||Sept. 3|
|Orange Blossom Classic||Jackson State vs. Florida A&M||Miami, FL||Sept. 3|
|Pete Richardson Classic (Boombox Classic)||Southern vs. Jackson State||Baton Rouge, LA||Sept. 9|
|Aggie-Eagle Classic||North Carolina Central vs. North Carolina A&T||Greensboro, NC||Sept. 9|
|Southern Heritage Classic||Tennessee State vs. Arkansas at Pine Bluff||Memphis, TN||Sept. 9|
|Battle of the Bay||Norfolk State vs. Hampton||Hampton, VA||Sept. 9|
|Down East Viking Classic||Elizabeth City State vs. Saint Augustine’s||Rocky Mount, NC||Sept. 9|
|HBCU New York Classic||Albany State vs. Morehouse||East Rutherford, NJ||Sept. 16|
|John Merritt Classic||Tennessee State vs. Gardner-Webb||Nashville, TN||Sept. 16|
|Battle of Greater Baltimore||Morgan State vs. Towson||Baltimore, MD||Sept. 16|
|Delta Classic||Mississippi Valley State vs. Delta State||Cleveland, MS||Sept. 16|
|Battle of the Real HU||Howard vs. Hampton||Washington, DC||Sept. 16|
|Willard Bailey Classic||Virginia Union vs. Fayetteville State||Richmond, VA||Sept. 23|
|Circle City Classic||Mississippi Valley State vs. North Carolina Central||Indianapolis, IN||Sept. 23|
|W.C. Gorden Classic||Jackson State vs. Bethune-Cookman||Jackson, MS||Sept. 23|
|Coastal City Classic||Savannah State vs. Albany State||Brunswick, GA||Sept. 23|
|State Fair Classic||Grambling State vs. Prairie View A&M||Dallas, TX||Sept. 30|
|Gulf Coast Challenge||Jackson State vs. Alabama A&M||Mobile, AL||Oct. 7|
|Magic City Classic||Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M||Birmingham, AL||Oct. 28|
|AME Football Classic||Edward Waters vs. Allen||Columbia, SC||Oct. 28|
|Commemorative Classic||Livingstone vs. Johnson C. Smith||Charlotte, NC||Nov. 4|
|Port City Classic||Grambling State vs. Alabama State||Mobile, AL||Nov. 4|
|L. Douglas Wider Classic||Virginia Union vs. Virginia State||Richmond, VA||Nov. 4|
|Raleigh Classic||Shaw vs. Saint Augustine’s||Raleigh, NC||Nov. 4|
|Battle of the AUC||Clark Atlanta vs. Morehouse||Atlanta, GA||Nov. 4|
|Florida Classic||Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman||Orlando, FL||Nov. 18|
|Soul Bowl||Alcorn State vs Jackson State||Lorman, MS||Nov. 18|
|Turkey Day Classic||Alabama State vs. Tuskegee||Montgomery, AL||Nov. 23|
|Bayou Classic||Southern vs. Grambling State||New Orleans, LA||Nov. 25|
|Celebration Bowl||MEAC champion vs. SWAC champion||Atlanta, GA||Dec. 16|
HBCU Football Classics 2023 Sources: HBCU Sports, Side Arm Sports, NCAA, HBCU Classics event websites
Cultural Celebrations: More Than Just a Game
Beyond touchdowns and tackles:
- Alumni reunions that rekindle old friendships.
- Showcases of Black-owned businesses: supporting the community.
- Halftime shows where HBCU marching bands steal the limelight.
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HBCU Classics 2023 is not just another entry in the history of sports. It’s a testament to the enduring spirit of Black Colleges and communities. Whether you’re an alumnus reminiscing about the good old days, a student experiencing your first classic, or a supporter who’s been there year after year – this year promises memories you’ll cherish forever.
So, what game from the HBCU Classics 2023 are you most excited about? Whatever it is, here’s to another year of exhilarating HBCU football action!