Officials from the New York Urban League (NYUL) announced this week that the local affiliate’s annual football game has been canceled due to ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy. The NYUL Football Classic was suppose to take place on November 17 at Yankee Stadium with a match up between Morgan State University and Hampton University.

Now in it’s 41st year, the NYUL Football Classic is one of the largest Black college football classics in the country. In recent years the game was held at Giants Stadium (now Metlife Stadium) in East Rutherford, N.J. This year organizers brought the game back to the city to Yankee Stadium where it was played from 1968 to 1973 and 1976 to 1987.

The NYUL Football Classic is noted for bringing the Black college football experience to the city often times exclusive to the South. The game brings out thousands of spectators including Black college alumni and high schools students. Other highlights of the game include marching bands, venders and tailgating. The game also serves as a fundraiser for the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund.

“We know that many residents that were hit hard throughout the five boroughs, Long Island, and New Jersey, are also those who faithfully purchase tickets to our game year after year in the spirit of education,” NYUL President and CEO Arva Rice said in a statement. “In light of all that our neighbors are doing to repair their lives after Hurricane Sandy, we do not believe going forward with the game will have the positive financial and spirit lifting impact we’ve set out to achieve.”

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game is now scheduled to be played at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. Ticket holders are eligible for a full refund. For more information go to