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It’s Time for the Southern Heritage Classic

September 7 @ 8:00 pm - September 9 @ 11:00 pm CDT

Are you ready for the Southern Heritage Classic (SHC)?  Founded in 1990 by Fred Jones Jr., the SHC brings fans from across the U.S. to watch HBCU football every September at the Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis, TN. In 2023, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Golden Lions will face off against the Tennessee State University Tigers. The greatness of the Classic rests on how it connects kindred spirits – young and old – in celebration of the beauty of cultural diversity and the richness of the city’s heritage. Below, you will find the schedule at a glance.  For more information, visit www.southernheritageclassic.com.

Thursday, September 7

Classic Concert 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Enjoy an evening of Classic soul starring Gladys Knight with Jammin Jay Lamont. On sale at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office and online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

Friday, September 8

Classic College & Career Fair 8:30 a.m., Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane/Liberty Park. Presented by the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services. Regional college and university representatives as well as businesses will be available to provide information about attending college and employment opportunities. For more information, call (901) 636-6264. Visit online at www.cityofmemphisyouth.org. Free admission.

Classic Coaches Luncheon presented by FedEx Noon, Renasant Convention Center/Grand Ballroom. A Classic salute to UAPB head football coach Alonzo Hampton and TSU head football coach Eddie George. Special guest speaker: Keith Jackson. Former NFL Super Bowl champion and Founder/President of a nonprofit organization, P.A.R.K. (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids). Invitation only.

Saturday, September 9

Classic Tailgate 8 a.m., Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium parking lots and Tiger Lane. Friends, Food and Football. On sale at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

Penny Hardaway Memphis District Golf Classic 8 a.m., Tunica National Golf &Tennis. $500 per team, 4-man scramble. All participants receive a golf shirt and gift bag with premium items. For information, call (901) 633-3933 or online at www.memphisdistrictgolfclassic.org.

Classic Parade 9 a.m., Presented by the Orange Mound Community Parade Committee as a salute to the Southern Heritage Classic. The parade route is along Park Avenue from Haynes to Airways featuring area high school marching bands. For information, contact Claudette Boyd at (901) 413-7109 or Algenner Jackson at (901) 230-3819 and online at www.omcpc.com.

Classic Battle of the Bands 11 a.m., Whitehaven High School Stadium. The competition will feature the best high school show bands in the region with show-stopping dance routines. Tickets: $12 advance; $15 day of. For tickets and information, contact Walter Banks Jr. at 901-497-2015 or email at bank[email protected]. Interested bands should submit to the following LINK.

Classic Fashions & Brunch 11 a.m., The Guest House at Graceland. “Our Culture, Our Fashion” presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Memphis Chapter. Tickets: $75. For tickets and information, call (901) 568-4021 or online at www.memphisncbw.org.

Southern Heritage Classic Football Game 6 p.m., Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. A great football rivalry featuring ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF vs. TENNESSEE STATE. Tickets: $53, $38 and $23 plus service charges. All seats are reserved. On sale at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

AutoZone Halftime Show


UAPB’s Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South

and TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands

Classic 5th Quarter presented by FedEx Employees Credit Association

A grand finale for the Southern Heritage Classic football game featuring a battle of the bands.


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September 7 @ 8:00 pm CDT
September 9 @ 11:00 pm CDT
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