• Orange Blossom Classic

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Updated: Mar 19, 2020

The Road to the 2020 Orange Blossom Classic Revival

Miami Gardens, FL (March 2, 2020) – The wait is over. Tickets are now on sale to the 2020 Orange Blossom Classic (OBC) taking place on Sunday, September 6 at the Hard Rock Stadium.

The historic HBCU football classic returns to the City of Miami Gardens – after a 41-year hiatus – with plans to usher in a new energy and fresh experience during its Labor Day weekend showcase, which features a gridiron showdown between Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Albany State University (ASU).

“We’ve been waiting 40 years, and now is the time, buy your tickets, we are bringing the Orange Blossom Classic back together,” says Mayor Oliver Gilbert of Miami Gardens.

Ticket prices to the game range from $25 - $100 and available for purchase by visiting www.orangeblossomclassic.com or Ticketmaster. For more information on how to purchase suites and group tickets email info@orangeblossomclassic.com.

The revival of the OBC will also feature a series of fun, memorable, show-stopping official events – designed to create a family-reunion filled atmosphere – reminiscent of the Historically Black College & University (HBCU) homecoming experience familiar to and shared by students, alumni, and fans with an affinity to HBCUs from around the country.

The OBC official event line-up will commence with the Mayor’s Welcome Reception & Kick-Off Luncheon (invite-only) and will also include a High School Football Showcase, and the Empowerment Fest, which is free and open to the community. Additional events announcements are forthcoming. Fans are encouraged to visit OrangeBlossomClassic.com for the most up-to-date news and event information.

With an emphasis on impacting one big community, the local organizing committee plans to harness the excitement generated by the OBC’s return to inspire and empower the youth of Miami Gardens through its official events and community initiatives designed to enhance their exposure to HBCUs, while also raising scholarship funds for the participating schools for years to come.

Founded in 1933 by J.R.E. Lee Jr., the son of FAMU's president, OBC was the must-see game of the postseason that helped establish the foundation of HBCU football classics. The inaugural OBC was played in front of 2,000 fans at a "blacks-only" ballpark in Jacksonville, Fla., in which FAMU beat Howard 9-0.

The history of the OBC runs deep within the state of Florida, previously hosted in the cities of Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee, and Miami from 1933 -1978. After 46 competitions, this will be the first time FAMU and ASU will face each other at the OBC.

For more information about the OBC, hotel partners and early bird specials visit, www.orangeblossomclassic.com.


About the Orange Blossom Classic:

The Orange Blossom Classic was founded in 1933 by J.R.E. Lee Jr., the son of Florida A&M University's president. It was hosted in front of a crowd of 2,000 fans at a "blacks-only" ballpark in Jacksonville, Fla. between FAMU and Howard. For 46 years, from 1933 -1978, the Orange Blossom Classic was the must-see game of the postseason, unofficially referred to as the "Black National Championship" game, helping to establish the foundation of HBCU football classics.

About City of Miami Gardens:

The City of Miami Gardens celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2018 and is the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. With a population of approximately 110,000, it is the third-largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid, working middle-class community of unique diversity. It is the largest predominantly African American municipality in Florida and boasts thousands of Caribbean and Hispanic residents. The city will host the 2020 Super Bowl and hosted the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl™, Super Bowl XLIV™, 2013 Orange Bowl and 2013 BCS National Championship game. The city has demonstrated steady growth in the areas of community and economic development and has gained a reputation for being a hot destination in South Florida. Miami Gardens is the City of Progress. www.miamigardens.fl-gov.

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