Florida Blue Florida Classic 2017

December 13, 2017 Students FAMU Blue Florida Classic, FAMU Marching Band, FAMU Student Blog

Florida Blue Classic 2017

Florida Blue Florida Classic 2017

If you were unable to attend Florida A&M University’s homecoming, then you made it your obligation to be at the Florida Blue Florida Classic! The annual weekend unites fans and family to support the Florida A&M University Rattlers and Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats. Scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 16-18, it is a weekend filled of events for the entire family to enjoy.

The History

The Florida Blue Florida Classic is the biggest rivalry game between historically black universities. The first game took place in Tallahassee in 1925. Once the rivalry began to gain more notoriety, the game was moved to a permanent location, Camping World Stadium, to support the increase of fans.

The Battle of the Bands

The Florida Blue Battle of the Bands is the most anticipated event of the weekend. Located at the Amway Center, the top high school marching bands from around the country come to perform an energetic routine. There is also a featured performance by the Marching 100 of Florida A&M University and the Marching Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University.

Florida Blue Florida Classic

The 38th annual Florida Blue Florida Classic is a continuation of FAMU’s homecoming theme, A FAMULY Reunion. While walking towards the stadium the atmosphere is filled with pride. There are supporters from both universities in their school paraphernalia, embracing each other on the way to the stadium. Inside the stadium, the energy is indescribable. Seeing supporters from young to old, makes you find a new love for the school you support.

A full schedule of the events for the weekend:


  • Florida Classic Weekend Kickoff Show Starring Cedric the Entertainer

Nov. 16, 7:15 p.m., Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts


  • 9th Annual Florida Blue Florida Classic Career Expo & Diversity Job Fair

Nov. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Amway Center

  • Florida Classic Consortium Kickoff Luncheon presented by Florida Blue

Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m. Doors; 12:00 p.m. Program, Rosen Centre

  • Florida Blue Battle of the Bands

Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m., Amway Center


  • Florida Blue Florida Classic

Nov. 18, 10:00 a.m. FanFare; 2:00 p.m. Kickoff, Camping World Stadium


Article Written By:

Jazzmin Riles FAMU Student

Jazzmin Riles, FAMU Class of 2020


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