The Bayou Classic Announces 2012 Schedule of Events

The Bayou Classic Announces 2012 Schedule of Events
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 8:47pm

The Bayou Classic announced their official schedule of events today for the upcoming series of events beginning November 22. Each year, this weekend of events brings together family, friends and alumni of Grambling State University and Southern University to see one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries and celebrate football, family and the traditions surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The proceeds from the week-long series of events are provided to both schools for student scholarships; the two schools split $1.32 million for scholarships last year.

This year’s schedule includes the fan favorite Battle of the Bands and Greek Show, occurring November 23, as well as several other events. Fans can look forward to starting off their weekend with the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade and concluding with the Bayou Classic House of Blues Gospel Brunch.

We’ve put together our schedule of events focused on our goal of making this year’s Bayou Classic fan and family friendly,” said Dottie Belletto, President of New Orleans Convention Company, Inc., the management firm of The 39th Annual Bayou Classic. “From the Battle of the Bands and Greek Show to the House of Blues Gospel Brunch to the HBCU Institute: Empowerment Exchange, there is truly an event for every member of the family to partake in at this year’s Bayou Classic.”

The schedule for The 39th Annual Bayou Classic includes (all events are open to the public unless noted below):

Tuesday, November 20
10 am: Coaches Press Conference (open to all media and others by invitation only) -- Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Thursday November 22 (Thanksgiving Day)
3:30-6 pm: Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by State Farm® -- Parade route from Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the French Market

Friday, November 23
9 am: Bayou Classic Golf Tournament presented by Cox Louisiana -- Joe Bartholomew Golf Course
10 am-4 pm: HBCU Institute: Empowerment Exchange Career & College Fair -- Hyatt Regency Hotel
12 pm: Coaches Luncheon (by invitation only) -- Hyatt Regency Hotel
2 pm: HBCU Institute -- Hyatt Regency Hotel
6 pm: Welcome Reception (by invitation only) -- Mercedes-Benz Superdome
7 pm: Battle of the Bands and Greek Show -- Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Saturday, November 24
10 am-1:30 pm: Fan Fest -- Champions Square
1:30 pm: The Bayou Classic -- Mercedes-Benz Superdome
(Doors open at 12:30 pm; kickoff at 1:30 pm)

Sunday, November 25
10 am: Bayou Classic Gospel Brunch -- House of Blues

About The Bayou Classic
The Bayou Classic features one of America's greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Last year, the two schools split $1.32 million in proceeds from the series of Bayou Classic events. These proceeds provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the GSU Foundation.

The Bayou Classic is supported by the following organizations for the 39th annual series of events – State Farm®, U.S. Marine Corps, MillerCoors®, Toyota, The Home Depot®, The Coca-Cola Company, Louisiana>AIDS (Louisiana Greater Than AIDS), Cox Louisiana, Entergy Louisiana, the French Market Corporation and Visit Baton Rouge.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the 39th Annual Bayou Classic and the Battle of the Bands & Greek Show are on sale now, Tickets for both events can be purchased at the following locations: the Bayou Classic website (www.mybayouclassic.com), Ticketmaster, the New Orleans Arena Box Office, the Grambling State University Ticket Office or the Southern University Ticket Office.

NOCCI Kicks Off the 39th Annual Bayou Classic

Event management firm, New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI), has kicked off The 39th Annual Bayou Classic. Each year, the event brings together family, students and alumni of Grambling State University and Southern University to see one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries and celebrate the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Event management firm, New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI), has kicked off The 39th Annual Bayou Classic. Each year, the event brings together family, students and alumni of Grambling State University and Southern University to see one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries and celebrate the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

NOCCI was selected last year following a request for proposal by the universities’ foundation boards that attracted bids from several national event management companies. NOCCI will once again be the management company for the planning, marketing and execution for all Bayou Classic events held in New Orleans the week of Thanksgiving.

“We are eagerly planning The 39th Annual Bayou Classic and are extremely proud to be chosen again as the management firm for this game and its events,” said Dottie Belletto, President and CEO of NOCCI. “We will build upon last year’s accomplishments and the strategic direction of making the Bayou Classic more fan and family friendly – that is the goal in everything we have done and will continue to do for the Bayou Classic this year.”

In addition to the nationally-televised game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 24 and the Battle of the Bands and Greek Show on November 23, this year’s Bayou Classic features a Thanksgiving Day Parade, House of Blues Gospel Brunch, the HBCU Institute: Empowerment Exchange and My Bayou Classic Golf Tournament.

About The Bayou Classic (www.mybayouclassic.com)
The Bayou Classic features one of America's greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Last year, the two schools split $1.32 million in proceeds from the series of Bayou Classic events. These proceeds provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the GSU Foundation.

The Bayou Classic is supported by the following organizations for the 39th annual series of events – State Farm®, U.S. Marine Corps, MillerCoors®, Toyota, The Home Depot®, The Coca-Cola Company, Louisiana>AIDS (Louisiana Greater Than AIDS), Cox Louisiana, Entergy Louisiana, the French Market Corporation and Visit Baton Rouge.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the 39th Annual Bayou Classic and the Battle of the Bands & Greek Show are on sale now, Tickets for both events can be purchased at the following locations: the Bayou Classic website (www.mybayouclassic.com), Ticketmaster, the New Orleans Arena Box Office, the Grambling State University Ticket Office or the Southern University Ticket Office.
 

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