ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Florida Blue Florida Classic, featuring the Florida A&M University Rattlers and the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats, kicks off Saturday, November 21, at 2:30 p.m. in Orlando’s Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Billed as the nation’s largest HBCU rivalry, the game will be televised live nationally on ESPN Classic.
This year’s Florida Blue Florida Classic features an exciting weekend of activities surrounding the game. In addition to the on-field showdown between the Rattler and Wildcat football teams, the weekend will once again feature the FAMU Marching “100” meeting the B-CU Marching Wildcats in the McDonald’s Halftime Show.
“Our team is thrilled to be back in Orlando for another exciting Florida Classic,” said Michael Smith, FAMU interim director of athletics. “This is something FAMU looks forward to year after year. It will be another thrilling Classic.”
The weekend activities begin Friday, November 20. The schedule is as follows:
• Florida Blue Florida Classic Career Expo and Diversity Job Fair
11:00 am – 3:00 pm — Amway Center
• Florida Classic Consortium Kickoff Luncheon presented by Florida Blue
11:30 am doors; 12:00 pm program — Rosen Centre
• Florida Blue Battle of the Bands
7:00 pm — Amway Center
“The Florida Blue Florida Classic is one of the most highly-anticipated games in HBCU football every year,” said Lynn Thompson, director of athletics, Bethune-Cookman. “We are excited to welcome back the Marching 100 alongside the Marching Wildcats.”
On game day, the pregame FanFare begins at 9:00 AM on Tinker Field adjacent to the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Tickets to the game start at $15 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com.