Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic Returns to Pro Football Hall of Fame Campus

Special to The Truth

Tickets now available for Labor Day weekend events

The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) Classic returns to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s campus over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-5, 2021). The Grambling State University Tigers from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) will take on the Tennessee State University Tigers of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) on Sunday, Sept. 5 in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, adjacent to the Hall of Fame Museum. The schools’ renowned marching bands will perform at halftime of the game. The “Battle of the Tigers,” which caps a weekend of events, will be televised nationally on NFL Network.

Tickets are now on sale for the game. Reserved seating is available from $29 to $69. Also available are Club seats ($150), which include upscale food and beverage with the ticket price. Prices for tickets will increase July 31. Group rates are available, please visit for more information.

Other exciting festivities planned over the course of the Classic weekend include a Golf Outing at the historic Clearview Golf Club the morning of Sept. 4 featuring legends from the Black College Football Hall of Fame, dignitaries and celebrities.

There are also several new events planned.
On Sept. 3, students and their families can attend the Classic College Fair, giving them an opportunity to learn about and apply to colleges and universities, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The College Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Nash Family Event & Conference Center at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A Step Show – in collaboration with the Stark and Summit County’s chapters of The Divine Nine, historically Black Greek fraternities and sororities – will take place on the evening of Sept. 3 at the McKinley High School, Timken Campus. Tickets will be available at a later date.

On Sept. 4, the BCFHOF Classic Funfest will be a fun-filled day at Centennial Plaza for families in downtown Canton that includes entertainment and food trucks, including the drumlines from Grambling and Tennessee State. Capping the evening at the Plaza will be the Faith, Family & Football Gospel Concert, featuring 11-time Grammy nominated artist Marvin Sapp. This event is free and open to the public.

On game day, a pregame Hall of Fame Tailgate Party will take place on the Hall’s campus, featuring live entertainment for the entire family. There will be food vendors, a beer garden and interactive sponsor booths.

The BCFHOF has a permanent home at the Pro Football Hall of Fame to tell the story of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) for future generations. Proceeds from the BCFHOF Classic go toward the creation and operation of an enhanced BCFHOF. Currently, there is a gallery within the Pro Football Hall of Fame showcasing the members of the BCFHOF.