Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic tickets on sale

CANTON, Ohio – Tickets are on sale for the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic over Labor Day weekend.

The game will pit the Central State University Marauders – Ohio’s sole Black HBCU team – against the Winston-Salem State University Rams at 4 pm Sunday, Sept. 4, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

The game “is an opportunity for our community to understand different cultures as well as an opportunity to bring diverse groups together,” Jim Porter, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “We want the whole community to show up for the Classic Weekend.”

The game will cap four days of festivities around Canton celebrating HBCU culture with assorted events Thursday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 4:

The Black College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 will be honored throughout the weekend. This year’s enshrinees:

• Ben Coates – tight end, Livingstone College

• Donald Driver – wide receiver, Alcorn State University

• John “Big Train” Moody – running back, Morris Brown College

• Roscoe Nance – contributor, Tuskegee University

• Nate Newton – offensive lineman, Florida A&M University

• William “Billy” Nicks – coach, Morris Brown College and Prairie View A&M University

• Sammy White – wide receiver, Grambling State University

Thursday, Sept 1: Classic college fair will give high school students and families a chance to learn about more than 50 colleges, including 25 HBCUs. More than 1,400 students are expected to attend the fair, which is 9 am to 2 pm That night, Stark County District Library will host Dr. Audrey Lavin as part of a Books Author Series featuring Black College Football Hall of Fame founders James Harris and Doug Williams and football historian Joe Horrigan.

Friday, Sept 2: Community open-mic poetry night will take place at 7 pm at Nash Family Event & Conference Center. The red-carpet affair – with jazz, food and fellowship – is set for Metropolitan Event Center.

Saturday, Sept 3: The Classic Funfest will be at 11 am in Canton’s Centennial Plaza featuring local food and merchandise vendors, food trucks and entertainment including “MasterChef” season 10 winner Dorian Hunter. Later, the schools’ bands and the free Faith, Family & Football gospel concert with Grammy award-winning artist Fred Hammond will be held.

Other festivities include an art exhibit, Habitat for Humanity neighborhood revitalization effort, minority business reception and pregame Classic tailgate party.

The community events will lead to the game, the third Classic that showcases HBCUs at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Central State has produced three Black College Football Hall of Fame inductees: Hugh Douglas, Billy Joe and Erik Williams. Head coach Kevin Porter will make his debut at the helm for the Marauders at this year’s Classic.

Winston-Salem State alumni Bill Hayes and Timmy Newsome are in the Black College Football Hall of Fame. Robert Massey will make his first appearance as Rams’ head coach at the Classic; he served as WSSU’s interim head coach.

And like in years past, the schools’ renowned marching bands will perform – the Invincible Marching Marauders and the Red Sea of ​​Sound – at halftime and in the “5th Quarter” after the game.

What to know

• The Pro Football Hall of Fame is at 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton.

• The game, airing on NFL Network, will be the first nationally televised regular-season Division II football game since Wingate University played Newberry College in 2016.

• For info and tickets, go online. Reserved seating is $30 to $70. Club seating is $155 and includes upscale food and beverages.

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