Now in its 45th year, the Bayou Classic will be held this weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. As one of the most celebrated sports rivalries in HBCU football classics, the clash between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars has evolved into a three day series of events that offers fun for everyone.
Here are Bayou Classic 2018 dates and everything you need to know to enjoy this historic event!
Football is the Heart of the Bayou Classic Event
Although “classic” football games have been taking place between HBCU teams for nearly 100 years the official Bayou Classic is now in its 45th year, making this storied rivalry a tradition for many New Orleans families. The first Bayou Classic was held at Tulane Stadium in 1974, where it attracted over 76,000 people. The game has been held at the Superdome since 1990 and now regularly brings 250,000 attendees, as well as 4-5 million fans watching from home on the NBC Sports Network.
Although the Grambling State Tigers lead the official series with 23 wins to Southern University’s 21, this narrow lead adds excitement to the ongoing series. The teams compete each year for bragging rights and an impressive trophy, the fourth year this particular trophy has been awarded.
This year the game will take place on Saturday, November 24 with kickoff at 4pm. Bayou Classic 2018 tickets can be purchased online and start at only $16 each for general admission!
The Fun that makes the Bayou Classic a New Orleans Thanksgiving tradition
While the football is the big attraction, the game is just one part of a three day series of events that offer a diverse array of options for students and families. Not only can students sharpen their skills at career seminars, tech challenges, and empowerment presentations, but they can also enjoy an exciting lineup of events for fans.
On Friday night, the Bayou Classic 2018 Battle of the Bands and Greek Show will take place at the New Orleans Superdome from 6-11pm. During this event, the marching bands from Grambling State and Southern University will face off as the do each year to get fans pumped up and ready for the game. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased ahead of time or at the door.
Put on your dancin’ shoes, the Bayou Classic Fan Fest caps it all off
The next day, the same bands will lead a parade through downtown New Orleans starting at 9:30 am. After the parade, the annual Bayou Classic Fan Fest 2018 starts at 11:30 am in Champion Square. This event is free and open to the public and features many food trucks and other dining options.
Morris Bart has been a proud sponsor of the Bayou Classic Fan Fest since 2015.
If getting pumped up indoors is more your style, you can check out the options at Opening Act, an indoor venue next to Champion Square. The Fan Fest will continue until 3:30 when fans begin to enter the Dome to watch the 4pm HBCU Classic 2018 game kickoff.
Hungry? Make amends with your tummy at the Sunday Gospel Brunch
Finally, fans can recover from all the excitement on Sunday morning with brunch. The annual gospel brunch will take place at 10am at House of Blues, an excellent way to wrap up a weekend of college football fun. No matter which team wins, fans are certain to have an excellent weekend with these classic New Orleans events! For more info about the Bayou Classic 2018, visit the official website.