Annual gridiron Classic to feature Howard University vs. Morehouse College
WASHINGTON (September 5, 2013) – Events DC announced game day activities for the 3rd annual AT&T Nation's Football Classic®, featuring Howard University vs. Morehouse College on Saturday, Sept. 7 at RFK Stadium. Tickets, priced $25 to $50 plus applicable fees, are on sale at the RFK Stadium Box Office and Ticketmaster.com.
With beautiful weather in the forecast for Saturday, it should be another great afternoon on East Capitol Street. Pregame activities on the RFK Stadium field begin at 3:25 p.m. Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will deliver the dignitary welcome, and along with BET's Jay Ellis ("The Game") and DC Lottery's Gabrielle Barry, will conduct the ceremonial coin toss.
DC Washington, a 22-year veteran of the United States Army and noted national choir performer, will sing the national anthem. Chelsey Rodgers, Miss District of Columbia International 2010 and an alumna of Spelman College and Howard University School of Law, will perform "Lift Every Voice."
The halftime show, to be co-hosted by LeToya Luckett, of Centric's "Culture List," and BET's Ellis, includes the highly anticipated "Battle of the Bands" between the Howard University Showtime Marching Band and the Morehouse College House of Funk.
"We're ready and fired up for another great Classic matchup between Howard and Morehouse," said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC's Sports and Entertainment Division. "Much has been said and written about the historic football rivalry between these two schools, and for the last two years, the matchup has lived up to the hype with down-to-the-wire games. We also encourage people to come out early to check out the Pepsi® Fan Festival before the game. The music, giveaways and activities are definitely worth the visit."
The Pepsi® Fan Festival, a free festival with music, games, food and exhibit booths, is open on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds (Lot 5) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Performances on the AT&T Sound Stage include Grammy-nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn presented by Pepsi, along with Experience Unlimited (E.U.) and Mambo Sauce.
The Fan Festival will also feature the Pepsi Mobile Tour trailer, which gives fans a chance to show off their best dance moves and record their own video to share on the Interactive Video Wall. They can also sign up for a chance to participate in the "Pepsi Kick for Cash" at halftime, use the Pepsi Photo Booth, and experience the Pepsi Refresh Bar. Limited Pepsi-brand items will be given away and available for purchase.
Fans can also stop by the AT&T Connection Zone where they can interact with AT&T products and services while enjoying interactive contests. The AT&T "It Can Wait" booth will give fans the opportunity to experience first-hand the dangers of texting behind the wheel in the virtual Texting-While-Driving-Simulator.
The Wells Fargo tent will give fans a chance to spin a wheel and instantly win fun prizes. New and existing customers can also receive 10 free music downloads when they schedule an appointment to meet with a banker.
Free gift bags and Home Depot mystery gift cards will be distributed at the Home Depot tent. Additionally, fans can vote for their favorite HBCU to receive a Retool Your School campus improvement grant, worth up to $50,000 in 2014.
Representatives from March For College, Inc. will be on site promoting college recruitment by providing high school students and parents with direct access to various colleges in order to support and heighten college interest. Prospective students can acquire information on what it takes to get into college and how to access scholarships available for musicians through connections to university band directors and music departments.
Radio stations 93.9 WKYS, 106.7 The Fan, MAGIC 102.3, 96.3 WHUR, WPGC 95.5 and WHBC (Howard University Student Radio) will be on hand conducting giveaways throughout the day. Local Food Trucks will also be on site.
"The burgers are ready and the Pepsi® is cold," added Moses. "With great weather, excited fans and alumni, live music, food and fun activities, it's going to be another great day at RFK."
RFK Stadium is easily accessible by Metrorail on the Blue and Orange lines (Stadium-Armory station) and numerous Metrobus lines. Parking is also available. For additional information, please visit www.nationsfootballclassic.com.
RFK Stadium – Game Day Summary
2400 East Capitol Street, SE. Washington, DC 20003
RFK Stadium box offices open 9 a.m. – end of halftime
RFK Stadium parking lots open 10 a.m.
Pepsi® Fan Festival open – Lot 5 11 a.m – 3 p.m.
Performances on the AT&T Soundstage
Raheem DeVaughn, Experienced Unlimited (E.U.), Mambo Sauce
RFK Stadium gates open 2:30 p.m.
Pregame activities begin 3:25 p.m.
AT&T Nation's Football Classic® kickoff 3:37 p.m.
National Anthem: DC Washington
Lift Every Voice: Chelsey Rodgers
Ceremonial Coin Toss: Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Jay Ellis, BET; Gabrielle Barry, DC Lottery
Halftime Co-Hosts: LeToya Luckett, Centric; Jay Ellis, BET
ATTNFC Twitter: @nationsclassic
ATTNFC Facebook: www.Facebook.com/NationsFootballClassic
Howard University website: www.howard.edu
Morehouse College website: www.morehouse.edu
About the AT&T Nation's Football Classic®
The AT&T Nation's Football Classic® is a black college football game held annually at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. This year, the game features Howard University against Morehouse College. Organized by Events DC, the AT&T Nation's Football Classic® was created to celebrate the passion and tradition of the college football experience, recognize the history of service to others by the students, faculty and alumni of historically black colleges and universities, highlight the unity of African American culture, and honor the heritage and excellence of these proud institutions. Tickets for the AT&T Nation's Football Classic® are on sale now at the RFK Stadium Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets. Seats are priced at $25 and $50.
About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation's capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District's hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes the historic Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, and the non-military functions of the DC Armory. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.