2022 Bayou Classic is Back and Better than Ever

Data News Staff Edited Report

Bayou Classic is the historic gridiron rivalry between Grambling State University and Southern University, encompassing a weekend series of entertaining and socially enriching events from november 25th – 30th in New Orleans, La. The framed classic embodies a family-friendly atmosphere and fosters an economic impact of $50 million to the greater city of New Orleans. With record-breaking attendance in 2015 since the classic returned to New Orleans following Katrina in 2006 after a one-year hiatus in Houston, the Battle Of The Bands & Greek Show boosted its attendance numbers to 29,652 and 62,907 for the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic game. The 44th Annual Bayou Classic in 2017, pushed the Bayou Classic to the top spot as the #1 HBCU Classic, and the most attended football game in the FCS division. Last year, the 46th Annual Bayou Classic held the #1 HBCU Classic title for the third year with a game attendance of 68,341 fans.

Events taking place:
Business At Bayou Classic
A Black Business Showcase in partnership with the Louisiana Chamber Of Commerce Foundation
Networking * Technical Assistance * Business Marketplace
Business at bayou is a business expo that showcases nonprofit, corporate, and local businesses. Students, alumni, and visitors are invited to stop by the business at bayou to purchase items from small black businesses and learn more about networking opportunities.
• Friday, November 25th
• 10:30 Am – 4:00 pm
• Hyatt regency New Orleans: Empire Ballroom Foyer
• Free and open to the public

NBCU Academy will be conducting a seminar during the Bayou Classic with select students from Xavier University of Louisiana, Grambling State University, Southern University and A&M College, Dillard University and Southern University at New Orleans. Students will hear from Nbcu Academy and Nbc Sports leaders on their career paths, industry insight and a robust presentation on professional development. This event will take place from 10:30 am -11:45 am CT on Friday November 25th at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis.
• Friday, November 25th
• 10:30 am – 11:45 am
• Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Bayou Classic Coaches Luncheon (Invite Only)
• Friday, November 25th
• Noon
• Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Bayou Classic Vendor Village
• Friday, November 25th & Saturday, November 26th
• Poydras Street At Loyola Avenue

Greek Show & Battle Of The Bands
Greek Show presented by Procter & Gamble
Battle Of The Bands Presented By Cdw
• Friday, November 25th
• Doors 5:00 pm; Event 6:00 pm
• Caesars Superdome
• For battle of the bands & greek show, Southern University “Human Jukebox” Marching Band will be on the south end zone side of the Caesars Superdome and the Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band will be on the north end zone side.
• Please note: clear bag policy for entrance

Bayou Classic Battle Of Bands Young Alumni After Party
Event is presented by Herewego Entertainment, Big Stan Productions & Gee Willie
• Friday, November 25th
• 11:30 Pm
• Metropolitan Nightclub (generations hall – Downtown Nola) 310 Andrew Higgins Boulevard
• For tickets visit: www.Herewegoent.com
Annual Bayou Classic Parade
• Saturday, November 26th
• 9:00 Am
• Downtown New Orleans
• Route: parade begins on Elysian fields Avenue at N. Peters Street; proceeds down Peters street onto Decatur Street; turns right on Canal Street; turns left on St. Charles Avenue; turns right on Poydras Street; turns right on Loyola avenue; Parade ends at Duncan Plaza located on Loyola Avenue at Perdido Street.
2nd Annual Special Olympics Louisiana Unified Flag Football Rivalry Game
• Saturday, November 26th
• 9:00 Am – 10:30 am
• Kipp Booker T. Washington practice field (3900 block of Erato Street)

Annual Bayou Classic Fan Festival
Embrace the culture fan fest stage, presented by the city of new orleans, the office of cultural economy and New Orleans tourism & cultural fund
• Saturday, November 26th
• 9:00 Am – noon
• Champions Square at the Caesars Superdome
• Please note: clear bag policy for entrance
• Live performances from: Dj Raj Smoove • Fresh X Reckless • Allie Baby • Krewcial • Denisia • Stone Cold Jzzle • Flagboy Giz • Dj Jubilee • Neno Calvin

Bayou Classic Invitational High School Battle Of The Bands
Presented during the annual Bayou Classic Fan Festival
The bayou classic invitational high school battle of the bands is sure to add tremendous excitement to the already popular bayou classic fan fest. Scheduled from 11:15am to noon on saturday november 26th at champions square, this inaugural event will feature six of new orleans top high school marching bands – st. Augustine, l.B. Laundry, edna karr, g.W. Carver, abramson sci academy and mcdonough 35, who will compete for an amazing array of music education prizes provided by the ludwig, a division of conn selmer, as well as trophies. Curtis akeem, a ludwig percussionist, and social network influencer known for his dolla watson comedic character, will entertain as the celebrity mc.
• Saturday, November 26th
• 11:00 am
• Champions Square At The Caesars Superdome
• Please note: clear bag policy for entrance

49th Annual Bayou Classic Football Game
Presented by Procter & Gamble
• Saturday, November 26th
• Kick off 1:00 pm
• Doors open at 11:30 am
• Caesars Superdome
• The Southern University Jaguars will be the home team mainly sitting on the west side near sections 129-156 of the caesars superdome and the Grambling University Tigers will be the visiting team mainly sitting on the east side near sections 101-128
• Please note: clear bag policy for entrance

Bayou Classic Celebrity After Party
Event is presented by Herewego Entertainment, Big Stan Productions & Gee Willie
• Saturday, November 26th
• 10:00 pm
• Metropolitan Nightclub (Generations Hall – Downtown Nola) 310 Andrew Higgins Boulevard
• For tickets visit: HOME | herewegoent

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