The Southern Heritage Classic has solidified its home base for the foreseeable future.
On Tuesday, Summitt Management Corporation and the City of Memphis announced a deal was reached to keep the SHC in Memphis through the 2032 season, as reported by Memphis TV station Action News 5. Concern over the SHC’s future increased once the city of Memphis transferred ownership of Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium to the University of Memphis.
“I am thankful to the City of Memphis for their support. We appreciate their diligence in ensuring that the Southern Heritage Classic will continue to be held at the Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium,” Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones said in a statement. “It’s the place we’ve called home for decades, and we look forward to making more memories there as we bring great HBCU football to Memphis each year.”
The 2024 edition of the Southern Heritage Classic, which will be its 35th anniversary, will take place on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. CST when Tennessee State takes on Arkansas-Pine Bluff.