First HBCU game in 16 years brings out more than 20 thousand fans




It was the first time two HBCUs are played in Jacksonville in more than a decade! Bethune-Cookman University and Jackson State University battled it out Saturday afternoon at TIAA Bank Field.


The fans that attended the game said the move to bring it to Jacksonville was a win, regardless of what happened on the field because this is the first time two HBCUs played against each other in the River City in 16 years.


Jackson State’s head coach Deion Sanders was not thrilled about the game being moved to Jacksonville and voiced concerns about potential fan turnout.

“There’s so much momentum in the HBCU. So much momentum in the SWAC. Not playing in a place that could look far and thin with fans. I like sellouts. I like packed houses. That’s what we’re used to,” Sanders commented at the Southwestern Athletic Conference Media Day back in July.





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