Classic for Columbus August 25-29, 2021

HBCU Classic Returns to Columbus with a KSU vs CSU game and a week of educational, career pathways and existential programs that complement the experience.

Featured Events

Soul WarsDate TBAAll Ages
Pre-Game ParleyWednesday NightAges 25 and Older
Golf TournamentThursday MorningAges 18 and Older
Branding & Emotional Intelligence: Book Author's ForumThursday AfternoonBusiness Professionals
Group GatheringsFriday AfternoonAges 18 and Older
First FridaysFriday NightAges 25 to 44
Skills and DrillsSaturday MorningAges 10 to 15
PFPMA (NFL Moms): Next Level Up Panel DiscussionSaturday MorningAll Ages
PFPMA (NFL Moms): Charg'd Up Fitness​​Saturday Morning​Ages 18 and Older
College, Career, and Community FairSaturday MorningAll Ages
DrumlineSaturday Morning​All Ages
Presidents Reception (Invitation Only)Saturday Morning​Ages 18 and Older
High School Battle of the BandsSaturday Morning​All Ages
Football GameSaturday 2:30 PMAll Ages
Official After PartySaturday NightAges 25 and Older
Faith-Based EventDate TBAAll Ages


Organizations pay $30 for the $45 seats with a purchase of 250 or more tickets. Click here to learn more. There  are no group discounts on $30 and $15 tickets.

You can get up-to-date information and access the link to purchase tickets to all sanctioned Classic events here on our website. Subscribe here for updates, early-bird discounts, and exclusive access.


Guests who are interested in setting up a tailgate should plan to set up those tailgates in any Day-of-Game Parking Lot. Day-of-game parking spaces are available on the day of the game on a first-come, first-served basis. People may park and congregate outside of their vehicles or in a grassy spot near their car and enjoy the sites and sounds around them.

Possession and consumption of alcohol are subject to the laws and regulations of the State of Ohio and/or City of Columbus which state, among others: No person shall have in the person’s possession an opened container of beer or intoxicating liquor in any public place.

Law Enforcement Officers enforce all applicable laws according to the State of Ohio and The Ohio State University alcohol policies.

Trailers, storage units, and tailgating activities may not take up vacant parking spaces or interfere with traffic flow within a parking lot. Drive lanes in parking lots must be maintained at all times. Parking permit holders are responsible for the functions they host in their parking spaces. Vehicle and tailgate must fit within the 8 ½’ x 15′ space provided. Any vehicles larger than the above will be asked to purchase an RV pass or park at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

No tents or fencing requiring staking may be set up without prior approval. It is recommended that expandable 10×10 “pop-up” tents be used when possible. Tents may be set up NO EARLIER than 5:00pm on the Thursday prior to the football game (Saturday).  Tents must be removed by NOON on the day after the football game (Sunday).

Guests who are interested in setting up tents or inflatables and grilling at their tailgate should adhere to the OSU Emergency Management and Fire Prevention policies outlined here.

No bills, signs, banners or tent frames may be attached to University furniture, trees, or light poles.  Freestanding signs must be secure and safe, and be no larger than 4 by 4 feet. No signs causing ground penetration are permitted without prior approval.

Sanctioned Events

Events listed on the official CFC schedule have been sanctioned. The event has been evaluated for safety and appeal. The organization has been vetted for integrity and their ability to deliver. Sanctioned events may receive free event space and marketing support.

Organizations that commit to purchase 500/$45 football game tickets are granted first consideration. Organizations presenting an educational or enrichment event receive special consideration as well. To be considered, click here to Contact Us.