– Following Howard University's home opener against Savannah State University (Saturday, Sept. 15) the Bison Football squad will venture to Indianapolis, Ind., to participate in the 35th
Circle City Classic®
against the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats. The two clubs will meet on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. This will mark 20 years since both schools played each other in the Circle City Classic®
. In 1998, Howard beat B-CU by a score of 32-25 inside the RCA Dome.
"The Circle City Classic is a premier event in college football. We have fond memories of playing in this game in the 90's and look forward to the competition next year," said Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick
, president of Howard University. "This longstanding classic has a history of showcasing universities on a national scale. We know the game will prove to be an exciting experience for our student athletes, fans and alumni."
"The 2017 football season was an incredible opening season for Head Coach Mike London
," exclaimed Howard University Director of Athletics, Kery Davis
. "Next year represents the 125th
Anniversary of Howard University football. What better way to celebrate this milestone than to participate in the 35th
edition of the prestigious Circle City Classic®
. Howard's return to the Classic after a 20 year hiatus will be a great highlight for our student-athletes, the Howard University Showtime Marching Band, perspective students, alumni and the rest of the Bison nation," added Davis.
Howard and B-CU's most recent matchup occurred on September 23, 2017. With less than one minute remaining in the 4th
quarter, Howard freshman quarterback Caylin Newton
ran a 5-yard touchdown, winning the game 26-24. This was the first time Howard beat B-CU at home since 1996. Both football teams have the same record going into the 2018 season. They both have an overall record of 7-4 with a conference record of 6-2.
"We are excited about this year's teams that helped shape the legacy and heritage of the 35th
Circle City Classic®. Both prestigious universities have outstanding academic and athletic programs, an enthusiastic alumni base and two of the most entertaining and sought after marching bands in the country," said IBE President & CEO Tanya Bell.
"The longevity of Circle City Classic® speaks to the importance of this event in the city's landscape," said Chris Gahl, senior vice president with Visit Indy. "We feel confident having these two prestigious teams participate in the weekend's activities will not only generate additional tourism spending, it will also bring in business executives capable of racing back to Indy with their convention or corporate meeting. That's very appealing from a tourism standpoint," added Gahl.
Tickets are available for purchase through the HU Athletic website: www.HUBison.com
. The $75.00 ticket purchase includes seating on the 50-yard line behind the Bison football team, a commemorative 125th
hat, access to the "Blue and White" Fan Fest and a $10.00 donation to Howard Athletics.