A pair of revered HBCU football programs will compete in a new classic.
Grambling State will play Hampton in the inaugural Brick City HBCU Kickoff Classic at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Kickoff is scheduled for Sept. 2 at 3:00 p.m. EST
The Classic is designed to increase awareness of HBCUs while also having a direct impact on the City of Newark through the awarding of scholarships, strengthened partnerships, and local economic development.
“Hampton University is appreciative of the invite to participate in the inaugural Brick City Classic and the opportunity to face another legendary HBCU program, Grambling State University. This will be a great weekend for our alums in the New York and New Jersey area to be a part of a prestigious HBCU classic, reconnect with fellow Hamptonians, and support our football team over the Labor Day Weekend,” said Hampton President Darrell K. Williams.
Hampton and Grambling State both look to have breakout years in 2023.
“Our players, coaches, fans, and alumni are excited to play in the Brick City Classic against Grambling State University at Red Bull Arena. We know it will be a great atmosphere, and we know it will be a great game with two of the best brands in HBCU football being able to match up — two very explosive teams. I have a lot of respect for Coach Hue Jackson and the way he does things. You see the growth, you see the explosiveness from his group, and we know it’s going to be a heck of a matchup,” said Hampton coach Robert Prunty.
Said Hue Jackson about the matchup:
“We’re extremely excited to play in the Brick City Classic against the Hampton Pirates to start our season,” he said. “We’re looking forward to going on the road traveling to Newark, New Jersey, and playing this game.”
Courtesy: New York Red Bulls