ORLANDO (Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021) – College football’s preeminent HBCU rivalry returns this fall when Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University square off for the 41st time in Florida Blue Florida Classic history and the first time as members of the Southwest Athletic Conference.
The 2021 Florida Blue Florida Classic will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Camping World Stadium. Tickets are available now on Ticketmaster. The game will be carried live on ESPN3, and fans can relive the action during an encore showing later that night on ESPNU.
In addition to gameday, the 2021 Florida Blue Florida Classic weekend will also feature a variety of events, including the Florida Classic Consortium Kickoff Luncheon presented by Florida Blue (Nov. 19, noon) and the popular Florida Blue Battle of the Bands at Amway Center (Nov. 19, 7 p.m.).
On the field, this year’s game will be the 41st Wildcats-Rattlers matchup to be played under the “Florida Classic” title and marks the 75th overall meeting between the schools. B-CU enters 2021 with nine consecutive wins over the Rattlers, however, Florida A&M leads the all-time series 49-24-1. The teams did not compete in 2020 due to COVID-19. Bethune-Cookman won the 2019 edition 31-27 in front of an announced crowd of 55,730.
Overall, more than 1.3 million fans have attended the Florida Blue Florida Classic since the game made Orlando its permanent home in 1997 — an average of nearly 60,000 spectators annually. The Classic also holds the Camping World Stadium football attendance record (73,358), set in 2003.
Additional information regarding the 2021 Florida Blue Florida Classic and its events will be released in due course. For more on the game, visit FloridaClassic.org.