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Blog: Top 5 Reasons to attend the AT&T Nation's Football Classic

In February 2011, Events DC proclaimed "A Classic is Marching into DC!" and a new sports tradition in the nation's capital was born. The inaugural Classic reignited the historic football rivalry between Morehouse College and Howard University at RFK Stadium, and has provided thrilling moments ever since.

In 2015, there's a new match-up and a new date but the experience will be exciting just the same. Here are the top 5 reasons to attend the 2015 AT&T Nation's Football Classic®!

Blog: Five Things to Do Over the Summer to Prepare for College

Whether you’re starting college in the Fall as a freshman or entering your senior year, there are certain things that you could be doing right now to prepare for the semester. Sure the summer time is for beaches, vacations and the like, but here are some tips to help you get a head start.

News: AT&T Nation's Football Classic Listed in Top 5 HBCU Classics to Visit in 2015

Howard and Morehouse take the field in the 2013 AT&T Nation's Football Classic; the 2015 match-up will include Hampton University and Howard University

All HBCU attendees know that fall semester means football classic time, and we all know that it is so much more than just two rival teams throwing the pigskin around. At the country’s historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs), no doubt the Classics are about having the livest band, the biggest parades, and the best events to attend. In no specific order, here are five Black college Classics that reach above and beyond your expectations:

5. Nation’s Football Classic

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The NFC Experience

Sep 16
7:00 PM | Capitale (1301 K Street NW, Washington, DC) | Free and open to the public

Technoir: The Innovators Classic

Celebration of innovation and diversity in tech as well as the intellectual excellence of HBCUs - featuring HBCU graduate entrepreneurs and a live pitch competition.

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Sep 17
5:00 PM | TBA | Invitation Only

AT&T Presidents’ Reception

By invitation only.
Private reception for Presidents of Hampton University and Howard Universities, administration, Classic partners and invited guests

Sep 17
7:00 PM | TBA | Invitation Only

Official Welcome Dinner

By invitation only.
Official Welcome Dinner for Hampton University and Howard University student-athletes, coaches and school administration

Sep 18
4:00 PM | RFK Stadium Festival Grounds | Free & Open to the public

Pepsi Fan Festival

Pre-game fan festival featuring games, music, food and sponsor activations. Performers and talent to be announced!

Sep 18
7:30 PM | RFK Stadium | Buy Tickets

AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®

Hampton University and Howard University “battle for the real HU!” Kickoff at 7:30p.m.

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Sep 19
12:00 PM | H Street Corridor | Free & Open to the public

H Street Festival

Celebration of the historic H Street corridor, featuring live music, food, a showcase of the arts and more!

For more information please visit hstreet.org/events/festival.

Sep 20
11:00 AM | Howard University Rankin Chapel | Free

Chapel Service

Sep 20
11:00 AM | Bar Louie | $10 donation requested to cover the cost of food

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Get to the game early for the Pepsi Fan Festival! The Pepsi Fan Festival is a pre-game ultimate tailgate held on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, featuring games, music, food trucks, sponsor booths and activities for all ages. Previous performers have included national recording artists Adrian Marcel, Eric Bellinger, Jeremih, Raheem DeVaughn, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Sugar Bear and E.U., Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and more!

Please stay tuned for more updates and announcements on pre-game activities!

RFK Stadium lots will open at 12 pm for tailgating.

Tailgating is available in Lot 8 only for $30 per vehicle.
Regular parking is available in Lots 4 and 7 for $25 per vehicle (tailgating is not allowed in these lots)

General RFK Stadium Tailgating Guidelines

With famous sights, free attractions, great hotels and countless restaurants, Washington, DC is the perfect backdrop for the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®. DC has evolved into a cosmopolitan city with renewed energy across the nation’s capital, from the city’s vibrant core to its diverse neighborhoods. DC ranks as one of the top U.S. destinations in numerous travel publications: #1 Best City for Sports Travel by Hotels.com; #1 - Forbes 2014 List of America’s Coolest Cities; #3 Best Places to Visit in the USA US News & World Report; #7 for Traveler’s Choice for Top 25 TripAdvisor.

Visit Destination DC to learn more about opportunities for fun and exploration in the District.

Click here to visit Washington.org

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the historic D.C. sports venue that has entertained spectators with its crowd-pleasing sightlines since 1961, is affectionately known as "RFK" around the globe. The home turf for professional, collegiate and high school games during its history, RFK was the first major stadium designed specifically as a multisport facility for both football and baseball and is the current home for Major League Soccer's D.C. United. The host of top-selling concerts, charitable events and international sporting events, RFK Stadium has a capacity for 45,000+ visitors, features a natural grass playing field and has modern locker rooms, lounge areas and club rooms for private and group affairs.

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The AT&T Nation's Football Classic® was created to celebrate the passion and tradition of the college football experience; recognize the history of service to others by the students, faculty and alumni of historically black colleges and universities; highlight the unity of African-American culture; and honor the heritage and excellence of these proud institutions.

Organized by Events DC, the inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® was held on September 1, 2011 at RFK Stadium.

The AT&T Nation's Football Classic® is much more than a game - the Classic weekend includes an array of elements unique to the black college experience. 

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Hotel Information & Directions

Marriott is the official hotel partner of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®. We recommend the following hotels during your stay in Washington, DC!

Marriott Metro Center
775 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Fan Rate: $222/night

Room nights: September 17, 2015 - September 19, 2015
 

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Courtyard U.S. Capitol
1325 2nd St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Fan Rate: $139/night

Room nights: September 17, 2015 - September 20, 2015
Must book by August 27, 2015

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RFK Stadium
2400 E Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003

Metro and Directions

RFK Stadium is easily accessible by Metrorail’s Blue/Orange Line. Stop is Stadium-Armory Station.
Metrorail Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m. – midnight

Friday: 5 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Sunday: 7 a.m. – midnight

For Metrobus schedules and additional Metro information, please visit www.wmata.com.

From National Airport
Exit National Airport and follow signs for I-395 and 50 West to Washington. On the George Washington Parkway, take the exit for I-395 North. Stay on 395 North, across the Potomac River, for about three miles. Once past the Maine Avenue exit, stay in the left lane of the freeway. I-395 will exit right, to the Capitol and Senate buildings. Do not follow I-395 North; stay left for the stadium. Proceed straight ahead in the left lanes to the exit at Sixth Street Southeast and Navy Yard. At the bottom of the ramp, go left at the traffic light onto 6th Street. Stay on 6th Street for .05 miles to Independence Avenue. Turn right onto Independence Avenue and stay on Independence Avenue for 1.1 miles to 19th Street. Turn left onto 19th Street and travel one block to East Capitol Street. Turn right on East Capitol Street to the stadium.

From Union Station
Go east from Union Station along Massachusetts Avenue. Continue past Stanton Square on Massachusetts Avenue to Lincoln Park (at 12th Street). Go around Lincoln Park to East Capitol Street and turn right onto East Capitol Street. Follow East Capitol Street to the stadium.

From I-66 and Constitution Avenue
Follow Constitution Avenue east past the Capitol to Maryland Avenue. Turn left on Maryland Avenue and go two blocks to Stanton Square. At Stanton Square, turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue. On Massachusetts Avenue, follow directions from Union Station.

From I-95/Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Baltimore
Follow I-95 South (merge with I-495 toward Virginia). Exit onto the Baltimore-Washington Parkway South toward D.C. On the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, follow the signs toward I-295. Take the East Capitol Street exit.

RFK Stadium Parking Map

Metrorail & Metrobus
Washington, DC has one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient transportation systems in the world. Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around DC, with Metrobus providing connections for locations not serviced by Metrorail. Metrobus runs a total of 338 routes throughout the city and the Greater Washington, DC area. Metro operates from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends.

Click here for more information on Metrorail & Metrobus

Taxis, Rental Cars & Parking
DC has one of the highest taxi-to-citizen rations in the country with more than 6,000 taxis servicing the city. Rental cars are another option. All the major rental companies have locations throughout DC, and most have offices at the airports.

Most hotels have parking facilities located within their structure and visitors can find convenient street or garage parking with Spot Here, an app that helps drivers find and reserve parking at select locations.

Click here for more information on getting around DC

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News & Gallery

Thursday, July 16, 2015
In February 2011, Events DC proclaimed "A Classic is Marching into DC!" and a new sports tradition...
Friday, July 10, 2015
Whether you’re starting college in the Fall as a freshman or entering your senior year, there are...
Howard and Morehouse take the field in the 2013 AT&T Nation's Football Classic; the 2015 match-up will include Hampton University and Howard University
Monday, July 6, 2015
All HBCU attendees know that fall semester means football classic time, and we all know that it is...

Media Credentials

All media must submit a request for credentials to the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®. Information on request process will be available in July 2015.

The AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® media credentials are reserved for working print, online and broadcast journalists as well as sports analysts with commercial news organizations and recognized publications.

Request credentials

Tickets & Pricing

Lower Bowl
Be close to the action and the bands!
$25 + taxes and fees

(Hampton = Home; Howard = Visitor)

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Mezzanine
Covered seating area with optimal view of the entire field!
$50 + taxes and fees

(Hampton = Home; Howard = Visitor)

BUY NOW

Suite
Entertaining guests or a small group? RFK Stadium offers private suite options ranging from 12-16 seats. Available for a limited time.

$100 per seat (must be paid in full at time of purchase)

For information or to purchase, contact nfctickets@eventsdc.com or call 202.608.1135

Show your school spirit! Student tickets in the student section will be available for $15 on-campus at Howard and Hampton University only!

Howard University
The Howard University Box Office is located in Cramton Auditorium 

2455 Sixth Street NW
Washington, DC 20059

Summer hours of operation:
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 4pm

 

Hampton  University

The Pirate Ticket Office is located in the Hampton University Convocation Center
700 Emancipation Drive
Hampton, VA 23668

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4:30 pm

 

Note: Student tickets are NOT available via Ticketmaster.com.  You must show student i.d. to receive student tickets.

Looking for a fun and affordable outing for your group? Consider group tickets - save money on the cost per ticket and enjoy the game together!

For information and to purchase:
nfctickets@eventsdc.com
202.608.1135

Lower Bowl
Be close to the action and the bands!
$25 + taxes and fees

(Hampton = Home; Howard = Visitor)

BUY NOW

 

Mezzanine
Covered seating area with optimal view of the entire field!
$50 + taxes and fees

(Hampton = Home; Howard = Visitor)

BUY NOW

 

Suite
Entertaining guests or a small group? RFK Stadium offers private suite options ranging from 12-16 seats. Available for a limited time.

$100 per seat (must be paid in full at time of purchase)

For information or to purchase, contact nfctickets@eventsdc.com or call 202.608.1135