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At Hampton, The Athletic Department Is Well Rounded

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hampton University is highly regarded as one of the nation’s finest HBCUs, providing a wide range of technical and liberal arts bachelor degrees in 49 different programs, as well as master’s degrees in 21 different programs.

While the university’s program is known for its stellar academic programs, it is also making a claim to having one of the nation’s most well-rounded athletics programs. Last year, Hampton added women’s soccer and became the only HBCU with a Division I men’s lacrosse team.

Technoir's Innovators Classic Returns on Sept. 15

WASHINGTON, DC – Events DC and Ghost Note proudly announce the return of Technoir’s Innovators Classic, one of the featured events leading up to this year’s AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®. Since its creation, Technoir seeks to not only celebrate the bright and innovative minds within the black community, but also to showcase and fund minority-owned companies. The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Ivy City SmokeHouse & Tavern in Washington, DC

Are you ready for the 2016 AT&T Nation's Football Classic?

Tickets for the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® begin at $25 and are on sale now at For additional information on the Classic and its surrounding events, please visit

Hampton RB Eric Carter Is Ready to Shine

As the Hampton Pirates prepared for the start of practice in early August, no player was more eager to get on the field than redshirt sophomore running back Eric Carter. In the first quarter of the first game in 2015, Carter sustained a serious injury to his left knee, tearing all three major ligaments as well as the lateral meniscus.

Battle For the Real HU Extends Across Campus

WASHINGTON -- While the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® at RFK Stadium will settle bragging rights on the football field on Sept. 17, it is safe to say the “Battle for the Real HU” is more than just a football game. The Battle for the Real HU extends throughout the athletic department and across the entire campus at both Howard University and Hampton University.

Diversity in Sports Forum: Pathways into the Industry

(Presented by The Shadow League). Panel discussions with industry professionals and career fair providing valuable opportunity to break into the corporate sports world.

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Former Howard Standout and Super Bowl Champion Looks to Help His Alma Mater

WASHINGTON -- After finishing his NFL career, Brandon Torrey returned home to Durham, N.C., with an eye toward letting his body recover from the toils of being an offensive lineman in professional football and giving thought to the next stage in his life. Still young – his final game was in 2009 with the Oakland Raiders – Torrey decided to take the entrepreneurial route and spent considerable time and effort planning to open a Popeye’s fast food restaurant.

AT&T Nation's Football Classic Partners With The Shadow League

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®, featuring the Howard Bison and Hampton Pirates in the “Battle for the Real HU” at RFK Stadium on September 17, has reached an agreement for The Shadow League to be its official media partner.

The Classic Experience

Sep 17
3:30 PM | RFK Stadium, Washington, DC | $25 (Lower Bowl) - $50 (Mezz Level)

AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®

Tickets on sale now for the 2016 AT&T Nation's Football Classic® - September 17, 2016 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.

Howard University vs. Hampton University

Tickets on sale NOW!

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Check out the action from 2015

Sep 15
7:00 PM | Ivy City Smokehouse & Tavern, 1356 Okie Street, NE | $20 (early bird pricing, tickets will go up)

GhostNote & Events DC present, Technoir’s Innovators Classic

Tech, music and spirits for original disruptors.

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Sep 16
8:00 AM | The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave, NW | $45 (early bird pricing, tickets will go up)

Diversity in Sports Forum: Pathways into the Industry

(Presented by The Shadow League). Panel discussions with industry professionals and career fair providing valuable opportunity to break into the corporate sports world.

Learn More   Buy Tickets

Sep 16
1:00 PM | Cramton Auditorium, Howard University | Free

The Game Before the Game: Hampton vs Howard Student Debate

Sep 17
11:00 AM | Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium – Lot 8, Washington, DC | Free

Pepsi Block Party

Join us for a celebration with Hampton and Howard tailgates, brand activations (Pepsi, Cracker Barrel, Jack Daniels, and more), live entertainment (including the U.S. Marine Corps HS Drumline Battle presented by the Washington Informer, The Real HU DJ Battle, a greek stroll-off) and games for the whole family.

Sep 18
11:00 AM | Bar Louie, 701 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC | Free


Sep 18
11:00 AM | Howard University, Washington, DC | Free

Chapel Service

The Pepsi Block Party is the official tailgate for the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®! Held on the Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium, the block party will feature DJs, food trucks, sponsor booths and activities for all ages!


This year, we are bringing you the ULTIMATE tailgate experience with the first annual #TailgateBattle!


Showcase your tailgating skills in the designated tailgate lot (Lot 8) during the Pepsi Block Party. Three judges will circle the lot in search for the most creative and unique tailgate to receive the title of the 2016 Tailgate Champion!

Want to increase your chances of being noticed? Post photos of your tailgate on social media with the hashtag #TailgateBattle. We will display your photos on the stadium videoboard throughout the game. The first place winner will be announced during halftime and will receive an official Nation’s Football Classic prize pack! 

If you would like to tailgate at the AT&T Nation's Football Classic®, you must purchase a tailgate parking spot in Lot 8. Please click here to purchase.

Please note: Tailgating is not allowed in Lots 3, 4, 5, and 7.


Driving to the 2016 AT&T Nation's Football Classic®? Reserve your parking today!

  • Lots 3, 4, 5 and 7 –  $40.00
  • Lot  8  –  Official Tailgate   –  $60.00

Lot 8 is the only lot for tailgate parking.​

Click here to reserve your parking.


General RFK Stadium Tailgating Guidelines

Use of more than one parking spot for tailgating will result in paying for two (2) parking spaces. Please note that vehicles cannot obstruct driving lanes.
Porta Johns are provided in RFK Stadium parking lots.
In order for all guests to enjoy the tailgating experience, we ask that fans follow these guidelines:

  • Tailgating is only allowed in Lot 8. All lots will be monitored for violations of this rule.
  • Use of an empty parking space for tailgating in designated areas
  • When parking, park your car in one space only and between the white lines.
  • Parking permits if applicable are to be used for cars only, not for additional tailgating space or storage.
  • Be considerate of other guests' vehicles.
  • For the safety of all guests and for emergency vehicle access, please keep all aisles and driving lanes clear.
  • Dispose of all trash in proper receptacles.
  • RFK Stadium does not provide a water source for the purpose of extinguishing flames or to fill up supplies.
  • Prior to exiting, please extinguish all flames and grills properly (i.e. water, ice, dirt, etc.). Do NOT place a hot grill in or under any vehicle. Do NOT place a grill on grass areas. 
  • The District of Columbia requires tenting permit for a 20’x20’ tent or larger.  For permit information, please visit


Click here for directions to RFK Stadium


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; #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

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

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Reservations: call 1 (888) 591-1234 or (202) 737-1234

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RFK Stadium
2400 E Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003

By Car

RFK Stadium Parking Map (Click here)

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.


By Metro

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


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

Our 2016 Partners

News & Gallery

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Media Credentials

We are no longer accepting media credential applications for the 2016 AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®

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.

For more information, please be sure to read our rules for the media.

CLICK HERE to download our rules for the media. 

Tickets & Pricing

Lower Bowl: $25 (+ tax and fees)
Be close to the action and the bands!

(Howard = Home; Hampton = Visitor)

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Purchase Tickets


Mezzanine: $50 (+ tax and fees)
Covered seating area with optimal view of the entire field!

(Howard = Home; Hampton = Visitor)

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Purchase Tickets

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

For information or to purchase, contact or call 202.608.1135

For student tickets, please visit your respective Howard University or Hampton University box office!

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!

Buy Group Tickets


Lower Bowl: $25 (+ tax and fees)
Be close to the action and the bands!

Tickets on sale NOW!

Purchase Tickets

Mezzanine: $50 (+ tax and fees)
Covered seating area with optimal view of the entire field!


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

For information or to purchase, contact or call 202.608.1135