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CLEAR BAG POLICY AT BAYOU CLASSIC

Any bag, purse, or briefcase MUST be clear and cannot exceed 12″x12″x6″ (LxWxH). Small clutch bags will be permitted at a maximum size of 4.5″x6.5″ and do not have to be clear. An exception will be made for medical bags once inspected. These rules will apply for ALL Bayou Classic events at the Superdome.
 

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NEW BAYOU CLASSIC PARADE ROUTE

Due to construction hazards along Canal Street, the Bayou Classic Parade will take a new route to the Superdome this year. The parade will go down N Peters and cross Canal – and go down Tchoupitoulas past the Doubletree, August, Mother’s, to Poydras Street. The parade will go down Poydras Street and end at the corner of Poydras St. and Loyola Ave.
 

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Bayou Classic $2,000 P&G / Crest / Old Spice / Gain Field Goal Challenge

 

 
OFFICIAL RULES.

PLANNING TO APPLY FOR A P&G POSITION? WHEN YOU DO, YOU CAN ALSO ENTER THE BAYOU CLASSIC’S P&G / CREST / OLD SPICE / GAIN FIELD GOAL CHALLENGE

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

 
1. Sweepstakes Timing: The 46th Bayou Classic P&G Field Goal Challenge (the “Sweepstakes”) begins 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on 10/17/2019 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on 11/15/2019 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
 
2. Eligibility: The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older as of the last day of the month prior to date of entry and are currently an enrolled student in either Grambling State University or Southern University (each, a “University”). Employees of The Procter & Gamble Distributing LLC (the “Sponsor”), their respective parents, subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, suppliers, distributors and advertising, promotional and judging agencies, including Don Jagoda Associates, Inc. (“Administrator”) and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their spouses) and household members of each (whether related or not), are not eligible to participate or win. Void where prohibited by law. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.
 
3. HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to participate in the Sweepstakes. A purchase does not increase your chances of winning. You may enter the Sweepstakes by visiting www.pgcareers.com and applying for an internship or full time position to earn one (1) entry into the Grand Prize drawing. You need only to apply to receive the entry. You will automatically earn one (1) entry if you have applied for an internship prior to the start date of the Sweepstakes Period. Limit one (1) entry per person. All entries must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. ET on 11/15/2019 to be eligible. Any attempt by any entrant to enter by using multiple/different email addresses, mailing addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void such entries and that entrant may be disqualified. Use of any automated or computer system to participate online is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Normal Internet/phone access and data/usage charges imposed by your online/phone service may apply.
 
4. Privacy: Trust is a cornerstone of Sponsor’s corporate mission and the success of their business depends on it. Sponsor is committed to maintaining your trust by protecting personal information they collect about you. Click here for the full details of Sponsor’s Privacy Statement: https://www.pg.com/privacy/english/privacy_statement.shtml.
 
5. Random Drawings: Two (2) winners will be selected (one Grambling State University winner and one Southern University winner) in separate random drawings on or about 11/18/2019 from among all eligible entries received per University. Odds of winning are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received per University.
 
6. Grand Prize and Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) and Field Goal Opportunity: Two (2) Grand Prizes [one (1) per University]: Each winner will receive one (1) ticket to the Bayou Classic – Grambling State vs Southern game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA on Saturday, 11/30/2019 (“Game”) and a Sponsor specified jersey. The ARV of each Grand Prize is $105. Each Grand Prize winner will also receive the opportunity to go onto the field during the Game and kick a field goal through the post with a regulation football (provided by Sponsor) from the stated distance (“field goal”) for the chance to win an additional prize. If both winners successfully kick the field goal, they will each receive $1,000, awarded in the form of a check. If only one (1) winner successfully kicks the field goal, they will receive $2,000, awarded in the form of a check. If a winner does not successfully kick the field goal they will not receive any additional prize. No practice tries will be allowed. Winners must follow all directions provided at the Game in order to participate in the field goal. Winners will need to complete a W-9 tax form provided by Sponsor if they successfully kick a field goal and win an additional prize.
 
Grand Prize does not include transportation to the Game. Seat locations at the Game shall be determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to remove or to deny entry to a winner who engage(s) in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the Game. No transfer, substitution, resale or cash equivalent for Grand Prize (or portion thereof) will be permitted, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor due to Grand Prize unavailability for any reason, including but not limited to, cancellation of the Game/field goal, scheduling conflicts; and, in such circumstance, an alternate prize/prize component of equal value (or equal intrinsic value) will be awarded and the Sponsor’s obligation to the winner will be fulfilled, and no other additional compensation will be provided. In the event a winner does not show up for the Game, an alternate winner will be randomly selected for the opportunity to kick the field goal. No responsibility or liability is assumed for damages, losses or injury resulting from acceptance or use of Grand Prize (or portion thereof). All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Acceptance of the Grand Prize/additional prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its agencies to use winners’ names and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
 
Acceptance of a Prize shall constitute winner’s agreement and consent to Sponsor and its designees’ use of Winner’s name, city, state, likeness, photo, and/or prize information in connection with this Sweepstakes (collectively, the “Attributes”), for promotional, advertising or other purposes, in any manner perpetually, worldwide, royalty-free, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further compensation, notification, permission or other consideration, (except where prohibited by law), and releases the Sponsor and its designees’ from all claims arising out of the use of such Attributes.
 
7. Winner notification: The potential Prize winners will be notified by email on or about the drawing date specified above. The potential Prize winners will be emailed an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability and a Publicity Release (where legal) which he/she will be required to sign and return via e-mail within forty-eight (48) hours of notification attempt or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected from among all eligible entrants, time permitting.
 
8. General rules: By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Sweepstakes materials and the terms and conditions of the Official Rules, the Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control. Entries become the property of the Sponsor. The Sponsor and its agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the user or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the website or the Sweepstakes or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in the Sweepstakes or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, accessing or downloading information in connection with the website or Sweepstakes. In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. Winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder of the email address provided on the on-screen entry form. Proof of entering information via the website does not constitute proof of delivery or receipt of such information. Sponsor (as identified in these Official Rules) is not responsible for the failure of any email or entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems or congestion on the internet or at any website. The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or website; violates the Official Rules; or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes or website may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes or website, then the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel the Sweepstakes, and select the Grand Prize winners from among all eligible entries received per University prior to cancellation. By participating in the Sweepstakes, the entrant agrees that Sponsor, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, agents, retailers, advertising and Sweepstakes agencies and all of their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees and assigns, members, representatives and agents, will have no liability whatsoever for, and will be held harmless by entrant for any liability for any bodily injury, loss, cost or damages of any kind to persons, including death and property, damages sustained due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entry creation, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize or parts thereof, if applicable or participation in the Sweepstakes or participation in any Sweepstakes, field goal or related activity. By entering the Sweepstakes, you hereby represent and warrant that you have read these Official Rules and are fully familiar with its contents.
 
9. Governing Law: The Sweepstakes and the Official Rules shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Ohio, without regard to conflicts of law provisions. Entrants submit to exclusive personal jurisdiction in Ohio and agree that any dispute shall be brought in the state or federal courts in Ohio. You agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with the Sweepstakes or any prizes awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of Ohio; (b) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorney’s fees; and (c) notwithstanding the foregoing, you waive the right to claim any damages, whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct or indirect damages.
 
10. Winners: For the names of the winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your complete name and mailing address to: The 46th Bayou Classic P&G Field Goal Challenge Winners, 100 Marcus Drive, Dept: MF, Melville, NY 11747.
 
11. Sponsor/Administrator: The Sponsor of the Sweepstakes is The Procter & Gamble Distributing LLC, One P&G Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202. The Administrator of the Sweepstakes is Don Jagoda Associates, Inc. 100 Marcus Drive, Melville, NY 11747.

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Media Credentials for the 46th Annual Bayou Classic

NEWS: Media Credentials for the 46th Annual Bayou Classic

 
Application process now open for both the Bayou Classic gameday and Greek Show/Battle of the Bands.

 
The online media credential application process for the 46th Annual Bayou Classic gameday and Battle of the Bands & Greek Show is open. The application is available in the News section of mybayouclassic.com or by clicking HERE. If link does not work, please visit https://forms.gle/9dZodAZjcna67YcRA.

 

Media credential requests will be reviewed by the Bayou Classic media team, including the Sports Information Directors from both Southern University & Grambling State University. Applying for credentials does not constitute approval of requested credentials. Approved credentials will be emailed to media in advance of this year’s Bayou Classic.

 
The deadline for applying is Monday, October 21, 2019.
 

The 46th Annual Bayou Classic game will be played on Saturday, November 29 at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Battle of the Bands & Greek Show will be held on Friday, November 30 also at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
 

For more information regarding the 46th Annual Bayou Classic or the week of ancillary events, visit www.mybayouclassic.com. You can also sign up for media updates on the site under the “Join our email list” in the bottom right corner of the home page – make sure to mark the “Media” check box.

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Sheryl Underwood Named an Ambassador of Bayou Classic


 
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Comedian, actress and television host Sheryl Underwood has been named an ambassador of the upcoming 46th Annual Bayou Classic which is set to take place in November. Best known as the co-host of the Emmy-award-winning, CBS-television-show “The Talk,” Underwood is committed to using her visibility and influence in positive ways. She is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Pack Rat Foundation for Education (PRFFE, 501c3) and is currently raising money to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the students committed to pursuing a higher education.
 
The Bayou Classic, ranked as the #1 HBCU Classic in the nation, is the iconic collegiate gridiron matchup between Southern University and Grambling State University, which will take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Tickets are now on sale for the 46th Annual Bayou Classic and the Greek Show & Battle of the Bands.
 
“It is an honor and privilege to be an Ambassador for the 46th Annual Bayou Classic – the granddaddy of all football classics,” said Sheryl Underwood, Ambassador for the 46th Annual Bayou Classic. “From our earliest beginnings we knew that higher education was the key to jobs and freedom. Our families wanted more for their children which led many to HBCUs.”
 
Underwood is co-host of “The Talk,” watched by an average of 3+ million viewers per day, and co-hosted the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards, is a much sought-after entertainer and public speaker who is described as one of the world’s brightest contemporary humorists.
 
Underwood is owner and Chief Executive Officer of Pack Rat Productions, Inc. and is the 23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – the only full-time entertainer to ever hold the sorority’s highest post.
 
Underwood will help promote the Bayou Classic nationally through channels including, all 388 affiliates of Sheryl Underwood Radio and all national media appearances. As the ambassador, Underwood will be a judge in the annual Bayou Classic Greek Show and all eyes will be on her as she is honored and recognized during the Bayou Classic game.
 
Underwood, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, joined the television show “The Talk” on CBS television for the start of season two. With Underwood at the table, “The Talk,” received its first Daytime Emmy for Best Talk Show and another Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment and multiple Emmy nominations. In 2017, “The Talk” received a record eight Daytime Emmy Nominations, tying with TV host Ellen DeGeneres, with Underwood and her co-hosts of “The Talk” winning Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts. Underwood, who has received numerous awards and accolades, was named one of the 10 most influential talk show hosts on Twitter in 2012 and currently has more than one million social media followers. As part of “The Talk” hosting team, Underwood received a 2016 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team,” a 2016 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Talk Series” and a 2017 nomination in the same category and is a KJLH (Los Angeles) Proven Achiever 2018 honoree.
 
“For 46 years friendships, marriages and bragging rights could be witnessed at the Bayou Classic! The Battle of the Bands…The Greek Show…The food, the fun and the game!!!…The Bayou Classic welcomed everyone,” added Underwood. “The Bayou Classic tradition lives on and with this long-term relationship we can coalesce our resources to continue to open doors for anyone who wants to realize their dreams at an HBCU!”
 
The 46th Annual Bayou Classic is scheduled for Saturday, November 30, 2019. The game is prefaced by other great events to celebrate HBCUs role in our education system – the BizTech Challenge (Friday), the Greek Show & Battle of the Bands (Friday), Doc Griggs 2x Around the Dome (Saturday), the Bayou Classic Parade (Saturday) and the Bayou Classic Fan Festival (Saturday).
 
“Sheryl is a savvy businesswoman, philanthropist and a multi-faceted, multi-media entrepreneur who is recognized as one of the most articulate, well-informed women of our time. As a fan, I am tremendously excited to have Sheryl to welcome the world to the Bayou Classic,” said Dottie Belletto, President and CEO of NOCCI. “We have a unique opportunity to continue to demonstrate Bayou Classic as the #1 HBCU classic in the country through the channels that Sheryl provides. Her excitement is contagious and only matched by her love and admiration for HBCUs and the education it provides our young professionals.”
 
You can “Experience the Power” of Bayou Classic now – tickets are now on sale for the 46th Annual Bayou Classic. Bayou Classic fans may also purchase tickets for the ever-popular Battle of the Bands & Greek Show to be held on Friday, November 29, 2019 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Tickets, which are available on every seating level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, can be purchased at:
 

The My Bayou Classic website (www.MyBayouClassic.com)
Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com)
New Orleans Arena Box Office (1501 Girod Street, New Orleans)
The Grambling State University Ticket Office
The Southern University Ticket Office (F.G. Clark Activity Center, 801 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge)
 
Ticket prices for the 2019 Bayou Classic Football Game range from $16-50. Tickets for the Greek Show & Battle of the Bands starts at $20 with options for VIP experiences.
 
ABOUT BAYOU CLASSIC
The legendary football game between Grambling State University and Southern University celebrates its 46th year in November 2019. The Bayou Classic has proven to be a steadfast beacon of legacy and tradition that extends beyond the HBCU community. Fans from across the nation journey to New Orleans during Thanksgiving weekend to witness the electrifying football game between Grambling State and Southern, while eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated halftime show featuring two of the greatest marching bands in the nation. For more information, visit www.mybayouclassic.com.

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Experience the Power of the 46th Annual Bayou Classic

Tickets for the 46th Annual Bayou Classic go on sale today, Monday, April 8, 2019.
 
The Bayou Classic, ranked as the #1 HBCU Classic in the nation, is the iconic collegiate gridiron matchup between Southern University and Grambling State University, which will take place on Saturday, November 30, 2019 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
 
Bayou Classic fans may also purchase tickets for the ever-popular Battle of the Bands & Greek Show to be held on Friday, November 29, 2019 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
 
Tickets, which will be available on every seating level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, can be purchased at:
- The My Bayou Classic website (www.MyBayouClassic.com)
- Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com)
- New Orleans Arena Box Office (1501 Girod Street, New Orleans)
- The Grambling State University Ticket Office
- The Southern University Ticket Office (F.G. Clark Activity Center, 801 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge)
 
Ticket prices for the 2019 Bayou Classic Football Game range from $16-50. Tickets for the Greek Show & Battle of the Bands starts at $20 with options for VIP experiences.
 
MANAGEMENT TEAM
Event management firm, New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI), will once again be the management team for the 46th Annual Bayou Classic. NOCCI has been the event management firm for the series of events for the last nine years. NOCCI will once again manage the planning, marketing and execution for all Bayou Classic events held in New Orleans the week of Thanksgiving.
 
“We are eagerly planning the 46th Annual Bayou Classic and are extremely proud to be part of the power that is Bayou Classic this year,” said Dottie Belletto, President and CEO of NOCCI. “We will build upon our many accomplishments over the past nine years, so that all EXPERIENCE THE POWER that is Bayou Classic.”
 
THEME
Bayou Classic also officially announced the theme of this year’s series of events – “Experience the Power.”
 
Every year, the Bayou Classic team sets out to choose a theme that encompasses the whole experience, encouraging “cross-pollination” between all who attend – including our HBCU colleges leadership, alumni groups, students, entrepreneurs, football lovers, business people, political leaders and many more individuals that experience Bayou Classic.
 
“A big reason we’re excited about “Experience the Power” is precisely because we think it’s accessible to the everyone,” added Belletto. “After all, everyone who attends the Bayou Classic experiences the power of this Classic. Maybe that power is felt physically here in New Orleans. But maybe you’re somewhere else – maybe somewhere digitally, thanks to the power of technology and our NBC Sports broadcast. No matter where you are those that intersect with the #1 HBCU Classic in the nation experience a powerful force…a positive force…one that brings our whole community together as one.”
 
The first iteration of the new theme is in the launch of new graphics for this year’s Bayou Classic.

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Southern University wins 45th Annual Bayou Classic


 

By Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
 
The wait was a long one for anyone associated with the Southern football program. After three consecutive Bayou Classic losses to Grambling, the Jaguars finally got the turnaround they wanted.
 
But not without some drama. A fumbled snap let Grambling score a pair of touchdowns early in the fourth quarter, all before Ladarius Skelton led another scoring drive for Southern.
 
The sophomore quarterback made his first Classic start and looked like he had played the part many times before. His savvy play, mixed with a special teams punt block and recovery for the touchdown at the start, helped Southern win 38-28 before 67,871 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
 
Next, the Jaguars (7-3 overall, 6-1 SWAC) will play in the SWAC championship game Saturday at Alcorn State, with the winner there set to face North Carolina A&T in the HBCU national championship Celebration Bowl Dec. 15 in Atlanta.
 
Skelton’s biggest pass play went for 80 yards to Kendall Catalon and put Southern ahead 24-13 midway through the third quarter.
 
Not long before then, Southern opened the second half with a drive that reached inside the Grambling 10, where a fumble picked up by Grambling defensive lineman La’Allen Clark and returned nearly the full length of the field suddenly had the Tigers in position to tie the score.

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Thanksgiving Weekend 2018 in New Orleans Goes to the Tigers and Jaguars

Thanksgiving Weekend in New Orleans Goes to the Tigers and Jaguars

 
Schedule of Events for the 45th Annual Bayou Classic

 
NEW ORLEANS –The Bayou Classic returns to New Orleans for its 45th year with its series of fan and family-friendly events throughout the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. Each year, this weekend of events brings together family, friends and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to see one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries and celebrate football, family and the traditions surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
 
“What we want everyone to hear as we go into this week-long schedule of events is – ONE ROAR. We welcome fans, families, alumni and visitors to experience the best of the classics at this year’s 45th anniversary celebration of the Number One HBCU Classic in the nation,” says Dottie Belletto, President and CEO of New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI), the management firm of the Bayou Classic.
 
HIGHLIGHTS IN 2018
SWAC West divisional champion: Alcorn State, Jackson State, Grambling State, and Southern University are the four remaining teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference still eligible to win a league championship and secure a spot in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 15. Grambling (6-4, 4-2 SWAC) will face Southern (6-3, 5-1 SWAC) in a contest that will declare the SWAC West divisional champion. The winner of this year’s Bayou Classic will advance to the SWAC championship game to be played December 1 on the campus of the SWAC institution with the highest ranking.
 
Celebrity Guest JB Smoove: Comedian and actor J.B. Smoove will be in attendance at this year’s Bayou Classic. Smoove is an American actor, writer, comedian, and voice actor. Starting his career off with the television series Def Comedy Jam in 1995, he is best known for his role as Leon on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also starred on the CBS sitcom The Millers. He most recently portrayed a fictionalized version of himself on the BET improv-comedy reality television parody Real Husbands of Hollywood. Smoove will be part of many events throughout the weekend including doing a comedy skit at the Bayou Classic Greek Show & Battle of the Bands and attending the Bayou Classic Fan Festival.
 
World Record at Battle of the Bands: BET Networks, in partnering with the Bayou Classic along with National Artist Development Group, will coordinate the execution of the World’s Largest HBCU Soul Train dance line at Battle of the Bands in cooperation with the students and bands of Grambling and Southern Universities and the Bayou Classic. The Soul Train will be documented for the Guinness World Records organization.
 
Bayou Classic Halftime Show: This year’s Bayou Classic Halftime Show is presented by Procter & Gambel/Crest. This always electrifying performance is one of the highlights of the weekend each year and the presenting sponsor is bringing special surprises to this year’s performance.
 
QUICK FACTS
Economic impact: Bayou Classic provides a $50 million economic impact to the City of New Orleans.
Visitors to New Orleans: Bayou Classic brings more than 200,000 visitors to New Orleans annually.
Hotel occupancy: Bayou Classic annually delivers a total citywide occupancy of more than 90 percent.
Ticket sales: Ticket sales for the 45th Annual Bayou Classic to date are higher than final totals of last year’s ticket sales.
Bayou Classic rankings: The Grambling State University Tigers lead the series with 23 wins
to Southern University Jaguars 21 wins in the Bayou Classic.
Bayou Classic Telecast: The 45th Annual Bayou Classic will be televised live on NBC Sports Network starting at 4 pm CST on Saturday, November 24. The Bayou Classic has been nationally televised since 1991.
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
 
Friday, November 23
Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge: 11:00 am
Presented by GE in partnership with NexusLA
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Honoring Bayou Classic’s commitment to technology, the Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge is back for the third year in a row. Out of 14 registered teams from three Historically Black Colleges and Universities, five finalists will present their comprehensive business plans on Friday at 1:00 pm. The winning team, selected by a panel of expert judges will be presented with a cash prize of $10,000 before the Bayou Classic kicks-off on the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
 
Battle of the Bands and Greek Show: 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm
Greek Show presented by Be the Match; Battle of the Bands presented by USMC
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
NOTE: Media credentials needed to attend this event.
 
Approximately 25,000 people will be at the show, as the Southern and Grambling’s historic marching bands strut across the Superdome in a colorful showdown that is the highlight of The Bayou Classic weekend for many attendees. In addition, the Greek show will feature creative skits from traditionally black Greek organizations across Louisiana.
 
Again this year, fans’ votes will play a role in scoring the Greek Show teams, with the results being displayed live. Fans can vote for their favorite performance via the Bayou Classic App.
 
The Battle of the Bands will also have a special appearances by the US Marine Corps Band and a special skit by comedian and actor J.B. Smoove.
 
The Battle of the Bands will conclude this year with BET Networks coordinating the execution of the World’s Largest HBCU Soul Train dance line documenting it for the Guinness World Records organization.

 
Saturday, November 24
Doc Grigg’s 2x Around the Dome: 8:00 am
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The Doc Griggs 2X’s Around the Dome Family Fitness Fun Walk encourages the community to “Get Checked. Get Fit. Get Moving!” by walking twice around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome while showcasing historical landmarks in New Orleans. The event demonstrates to more than 500 attendees that exercise can be fun while highlighting the importance of health, fitness and wellness through a variety of exercises such as Zumba, Hula Hooping, Second Line Dancing instruction and bicycling.
 
Annual Bayou Classic Parade: 9:30 am start time
Presented by Cricket Wireless, in partnership with the French Market District
The Annual Bayou Classic Parade continues this year in traditional, New Orleans fashion with twelve floats and more than 45 total units.
 
The Grand Marshall for this year’s Annual Bayou Classic Parade is Mayor of the City of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell. Miss Louisiana Holli Conway will also be in the parade this year. Parade goers will also be able to catch commemorative 45th Anniversary Bayou Classic cups and medallion beads.
 
Route details: Parade begins on Elysian Fields Avenue at N. Peters Street; proceeds down N. Peters St onto Decatur Street; turns right on Canal Street; turns left on St Charles Avenue; turns right on Poydras Street; turns right on Loyola Avenue; parade ends at Duncan Plaza located on Loyola Avenue at Perdido Street.
 
Bayou Classic Fan Festival: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Presented by Cox
Champions Square at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
An extremely popular pre-game celebration where live musical performances and entertainment get the crowd warmed up for the game. Schedule of performances for this year include:
 

• Xeno MoonFlower
• Assatay
• Kevin Stylez
• Daniel Heartless
• Kennedy Drum Line
• Metro and Honey Jack
• Keedy Black
• Tonya Boyd Cannon
• 5th Ward Weebie
• Choppa
• Tweeday
• Neno
• Jay Jones
• DJ Mannie Fresh
• Juvenile

 
Fan Fest will also have a special appearance by the United States Army Band. Fan Fest attendees will also enjoy sponsor activations and special giveaways throughout the event.
 

The 45th Annual Bayou Classic Game: 4:00 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
NOTE: Media credentials needed to attend this event.
 
More than 200,000 people come to New Orleans for the Bayou Classic weekend, and 50,000 – 60,000 make their way to the Bayou Classic game. The Bayou Classic commemorates historically black colleges and universities, academic achievement, tradition, sportsmanship, marching bands, and friendly competition. The “Classic” is an exhibition of the high standards of academic achievement deeply embedded in the traditions of the two institutions – Grambling State University and Southern University.
 

Other game highlights:
National anthem: Miss Louisiana Holli Conway will perform the National Anthem at this year’s Bayou Classic.
 
The 45th Annual Bayou Classic Halftime Show
Presented by Procter & Gamble / Crest
The electrifying halftime show will feature the Grambling State University’s World Famed Marching Band and Southern University’s Human Jukebox and Dancing Dolls.
 
Tickets still available
Tickets are still available for purchase through Ticketmaster or the Bayou Classic official website, www.mybayouclassic.com.
 
For more information, download the official Bayou Classic Mobile App, follow Bayou Classic on social media or visit www.mybayouclassic.com.
 
About The Bayou Classic
The Bayou Classic ( www.mybayouclassic.com ) features one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Proceeds from the annual series of Bayou Classic events provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the GSU Foundation. The 45th Annual Bayou Classic will be played on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
 
The 45th Annual Bayou Classic is supported by the following organizations – Procter & Gamble/ Crest; MillerCoors; The Louisiana Office of Tourism, Louisiana Office of Culture Recreation & Tourism and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser; US Marine Corps; The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation; New Orleans & Company; US Army; Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board; Be The Match; BET; MetroPCS; The Coca-Cola Company; AARP; Republic National Distributing Company/Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey; Cracker Barrel; French Market District; Cox; GE; UBER; New Orleans Plantation Country; FINRA; Entergy; Parish of Caddo – Shreveport, Louisiana; National Wildlife Federation; Visit Baton Rouge; Cricket Wireless; NOMTN – New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network; Mignon Faget; Downtown Development District; Essence; Louisiana Highway Safety Council – LHSC; Black Women’s Health Imperative; McDonald’s; Metro Disposal; Sheen Magazine; Sony Pictures – Spider Man; ULS.
 
Ticket Information
Tickets for the 45th Annual Bayou Classic and the Battle of the Bands & Greek Show are on sale now. Tickets for both events can be purchased at the following locations: the Bayou Classic website (www.mybayouclassic.com), Ticketmaster, the New Orleans Arena Box Office, the Grambling State University Ticket Office or the Southern University Ticket Office.
 
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45th Annual Bayou Classic Special Ticket Offer: 2 for $20

Purchase two tickets to the 45th Annual Bayou Classic for $20 using promo code: NOLA10 on Ticketmaster.

*Consumers must purchase a minimum of two tickets for this promotional offer. The promotional price of $20 for two game tickets does not include taxes and Ticketmaster fees.

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Late Defensive Stand lifts GSU past MVSU


 
GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University defense came up with two big plays in the fourth quarter as the Tigers escaped with a 24-19 victory over Mississippi Valley State in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game during Homecoming and Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.
 
With Saturday’s win against Mississippi Valley State, and Prairie View A&M’s loss to Jackson State, the SWAC West Division title will come down to a showdown on Nov. 24 against Southern in the 45th Annual Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
 
Grambling State (5-4 overall, 4-2 SWAC) led 24-19 in the fourth quarter, but got a key 4th down stop at its own 2 when Danquarian Fields broke up a pass to turn the ball over on downs. After a GSU punt, De’Andre Hogues forced a fumble and recovered the ball at the MVSU 49. The Tigers nearly ran the remaining four minutes off the clock before defeating the Delta Devils.
 
“What we have to understand is that we are going to get everyone’s best game,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “Regardless of the record and regardless of who we are facing, you better be ready to play. We’re thinking and looking at film, but not playing with passion and the way we’re supposed to be playing. The thing that has really troubled me is how we’re going about playing the game. We’ve got to do a better job. Good thing is that we were able to come out with a win.”
 
Mississippi Valley State (1-7, 1-4) took the opening kickoff and marched 62 yards in eight plays as Dejerric Bryant scored on a 7-yard run as the extra point was blocked, giving the Delta Devils a 6-0 advantage with 10:50 left in the opening quarter.
 
Grambling State answered with a 15-play, 62-yard drive as the Tigers settled for a 34-yard Marc Orozco field goal to close the gap to 6-3 with 4:45 remaining in the first.
 
The Tigers took the lead for good early in the second quarter as Geremy Hickbottom connected with Darrell Clark for a 35-yard touchdown pass to give Grambling State a 10-6 lead with 12:54 remaining in the first half.
 
On the very next drive, the Tigers extend the lead to 17-6, as Devante Davis caught a 15-yard pass from Hickbottom, with 7:45 left in the second. However, Mississippi Valley State cut the deficit to 17-13 after a John Derrick Smith 5-yard touchdown run with just over a minute before half.
 
Grambling State took the opening drive of the second half and went 74 yards in seven plays as Kobe’ Ross caught a 47-yard touchdown strike from Hickbottom to push the lead to 24-13, but a Booker Chambers 22-yard touchdown reception from Fowler closed the margin to 24-19, with 6:23 left in the third quarter.
 
Turning Point
Grambling State led, 24-19, with 12:35 remaining, Mississippi Valley State put together a 12-play drive and moved the ball to the GSU 2.
 
The Delta Devils were forced to use all three timeouts during the drive and on 4th down at the Tiger 2, Christian Sutton got the ball on a reverse and his pass, intended for Chris Fowler, was broken up in the end zone by Danquarian Fields to keep the Tigers in front by five points.
 
After a GSU punt on its next drive, Mississippi Valley State got the ball with 4:32 remaining and appeared poised for one final drive. However, Isaiah Robinson coughed the ball up at the Delta Devils 47 and De’Andre Hogues came up with the loose ball to preserve the homecoming victory.

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