Mayor Eric Adams outside of Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem HBCUNY Football Classic Mayor's Luncheon Credit: Michael Bryant photo

On Monday, officials kicked off a series of events happening ahead of the inaugural HBCUNYC Football Classic scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. at Metlife Stadium where Howard University and Morehouse College will face off.

NBC Sports and event organizers Sports Eleven05 are presenting the game that aims to bring the Black college experience to the Big Apple. At Monday’s kickoff, officials, gathered at Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem for a luncheon hosted by Mayor Eric Adams to outline plans for this week as well as the game.

The schedule includes a college fair at Borough of Manhattan Community College on Friday, a debate between Howard and Morehouse’s debate teams and a pep rally in Times Square. Howard and Morehouse’s marching bands will also perform before, during halftime and after the game. A full schedule of events is available at

Officials anticipate up to 45,000 spectators will attend the game and the event will also generate an approximate economic impact of $10 million to the Metro New York area.

“Football fans, alumni and students along the east coast can reunite each year in the New York City area to enjoy the pageantry, excitement and camaraderie associated with the HBCU football experience,” said Albert Williams, CEO, Sports Eleven05 in a statement.

Several companies are sponsoring the HBCUNY Football Classic including Toyota, who is the title sponsor, and Walmart, who is the presenting sponsor.

Tickets are still available for the game through Ticketmaster. The game is being broadcast on CNBC and stream on Peacock

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