Second Annual Toyota HBCU New York Classic Returns to MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2023

Morehouse College Set to Take on Albany State University at the Ultimate HBCU Homecoming Event

NEW YORK (March 29, 2023) – Following an incredible first year with over 35,000 fans in attendance, the Toyota HBCU New York Classic returns to MetLife Stadium on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Celebrating all the tradition and pageantry of the HBCU game day experience, the event culminates with an epic match-up between Morehouse College and Albany State University. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET. The HBCU NY Classic game will be broadcasted live on CNBC and simultaneously streamed on the Peacock Network and the NBC Sports App. Tickets go on sale April 10, 2023 at www.hbcunyclassic.com.

“MetLife Stadium is honored to host the second annual HBCU New York Classic,” said Ron VanDeVeen, President and CEO of MetLife Stadium. “HBCU New York Classic is an outstanding event and we look forward to welcoming Morehouse College, Albany State University and thousands of HBCU alumni and fans to our stadium this September.”

Known as the world’s largest HBCU Homecoming and the unocial kicko event of HBCU Homecoming week, fans and alumni from the 107 HBCUs across the country are expected to attend. The game’s halftime show will include a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop featuring surprise guests, plus spectacular drumline performances and a battle of the bands between participating schools. Additional performances and a full schedule of events will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are thrilled by the fan support and excitement around the HBCU New York Classic. Football fans, alumni and students come out to enjoy the action on the field, and the unique experience and camaraderie of the world’s largest HBCU Homecoming,” said President & CEO of Sports Eleven05 Albert Williams. “MetLife Stadium is the perfect venue for this one-of-a-kind event.”

Van Wagner is the exclusive sponsorship sales partner for the Toyota HBCU New York Classic. For the latest details and ticket information, go to hbcunyclassic.com or follow along on Instagram and Twitter.

About The Toyota HBCU New York Classic

The Toyota HBCU New York Classic is a five-day celebration of HBCU culture and community activities culminating in a match up between two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football teams at MetLife Stadium. The annual game features teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and is produced by event organizer Sports Eleven05. The Toyota HBCU New York Classic is broadcast live on CNBC. For more information and to get the latest details on tickets, visit www.hbcunyclassic.com.

About Van Wagner

Van Wagner is a leading entertainment and sports agency, with global expertise in filmed and live entertainment, sponsorship sales, multimedia rights, and out of home advertising. Van Wagner, creates, advises, and sells on behalf of world-class teams, leagues, brands, properties, and colleges. An innovator in the sports and media business, Van Wagner is a global leader in high-impact broadcast visible signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, and international soccer, sponsorships sales, college multimedia rights, and in-venue content production at the world’s biggest sporting events. For more information, visit www.vanwagner.com.

About MetLife Stadium

MetLife Stadium, located in East Rutherford, NJ, is the home of the New York Jets and New York Football Giants. It is one of the largest stadiums in the NFL with a capacity of 82,500. MetLife Stadium hosts the world’s biggest events on the world’s biggest stage and will serve as a host stadium for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. MetLife Stadium has hosted over 550 major events and 3,000 special events. Event highlights include the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl XLVIII, WrestleMania 29 and 35, the Copa America Centenario Final, the 2021 Army-Navy Game, and many concerts, college football games, and international soccer matches.


Media contacts:

Katrina Younce for HBCU New York Classic T: 310-995-3619 katrina@marcglobalcommunciations.com

Martine Charles for HBCU New York Classic T: 206-295-9114


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