Office of the President
The Tampa Classic football game between the Tennessee State University and Florida A&M University scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 in Tampa, Fla. will go on as planned. Both TSU and FAMU, along with the Tampa Sports Authority had been in discussions to cancel the HBCU matchup following the devastation left by Hurricane Irma which swept through most of Florida over the weekend. The Tampa Sports Authority made the decision to play the game, and FAMU agreed since this is their home game. Game time for the gridiron contest is 6 p.m. EST at Raymond James Stadium.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and individuals affected by Hurricane Irma in Tampa and the entire State of Florida,” said Tennessee State University President, Dr. Glenda Glover.
“It was an extremely hard decision to proceed with the game in the wake of this natural catastrophe. While TSU and FAMU will be competing on the football field, I’m asking our institutions to stand in solidarity to bring aid to the area by making donations to the local Red Cross.”
President Glover is encouraging TSU alumni and fans, who make the trip, to contribute to the Red Cross. The two universities will also come together to show support for the families by making a combined presentation to the agency during the game. The Red Cross will collect donations throughout the day at the stadium.
As cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma continues throughout the week, fans are advised that traffic may be heavier than normal and are encouraged to arrive early. Fans should also enter the stadium early to reduce delays and long lines at the gates.
Tickets for the game can be purchased at the TSU Box Office through Thursday until 4:30 p.m. Call 615.963.ROAR for more information.