Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
(BLACK PR WIRE/FAMU-TALLAHASSEE) – Although there might be disputes about which historically black college and university hosts the best football classic, there is no argument in the excitement level surrounding the events. These classics offer fans the opportunity to travel across the nation to watch their favorite teams compete in large venues. The largest match ups draw crowds in the seventy thousands inside the stadium. Then the masses of revelers outside the stadium fuel the classic experience.
"My favorite classic is the Bayou Classic. New Orleans provides a better party-like atmosphere for college students and alumni alike," said Courtney Thomas, a New Orleans native, who has been attending the Bayou Classic for years. While the game might be the main attraction, the other events turn the game into a classic experience. The long-standing traditions of the battle of the bands, the Greek step shows, the parades and the tailgating get fans all of ages involved.
"It really depends on what you like and where you are from, but there is something for everybody," said Antonio Wallace, an Alabama A&M University graduate. "Classics are like BCS bowl games." Despite the other events associated with the classic, the football game itself is still the main focus for the players.
"It's a huge game," said Adrian Smith, a redshirt junior wide receiver at Florida A&M University. "Seeing all those people watch me perform gets me real excited." This year alone in 2009, there are 50 HBCU classic games throughout the country according to Onnidan's HBCU Sports Online.