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Bayou Classic Road Show kicks off September 1 - Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Bayou Classic announces its Bayou Classic Roadshow schedule of events beginning September 1, 2012, and continuing until November 10, 2012, bringing a taste of The Bayou Classic experience to Grambling and Southern fans across the south.

The Bayou Classic Roadshow will partner with the U.S. Marine Corps for the first time this year. The sponsorship of The Bayou Classic Roadshow is an extension of the U.S. Marine Corps' 10-year partnership with The Bayou Classic.

"The partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and The Bayou Classic Roadshow is a recent development that will bring much benefit to our organization," said Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Peterson, chief of staff, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. "The expansion of our partnership with The Bayou Classic has a direct connection to the success of the partnership over the past ten years. The Roadshow is a tremendous opportunity for us to meet and visit with members of our community throughout the region."

The Bayou Classic Roadshow presented by the U.S. Marine Corps will travel to five states this year, including Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia, to give fans across the south an opportunity to win prizes, meet former Bayou Classic participants and share their favorite Bayou Classic experiences.

The Roadshow will travel to a total of 10 regular season football games, including Grambling and Southern homecoming games, the Port City, Southern Heritage, and Atlanta Football classics. The schedule of stops on the Bayou Classic Roadshow is:

Saturday, September 1        Grambling State vs. Alcorn State (Port City Classic)
                                               Shreveport, LA

Saturday, September 8        Jackson State vs. Tennessee State (Southern Heritage Classic)
                                               Memphis, TN

Saturday, September 15      Grambling State vs. Alabama State (High School Day)
                                               Grambling, LA

Saturday, September 22      Southern University vs. Jackson State
                                               Jackson, MS

Saturday, September 29      Southern University vs. Florida A&M (Atlanta Football Classic)
                                               Atlanta, Ga.

Friday, October 5                  Southern University New Orleans (SUNO)
                                               New Orleans, LA

Saturday, October 13           Southern University vs. Texas Southern (Southern Homecoming)
                                               Baton Rouge, LA

Saturday, October 20           Grambling State vs. UV at Lynchburg (Grambling Homecoming)
                                               Grambling, LA

Saturday, October 27
          Grambling State vs. Texas Southern
                                               Houston, TX

Saturday, November 10       Southern University vs. Alabama State
                                               Baton Rouge, LA

"The Bayou Classic Roadshow includes a great schedule of games this year and allows for Grambling and Southern alumni, students, and fans across the south to share their Bayou Classic experiences," said Dottie Belletto, President of New Orleans Convention Companies, Inc., the management firm of The 39th Annual Bayou Classic. "The Roadshow plans to bring a unique experience to each of these games to get fans excited for this year’s Bayou Classic."

About The Bayou Classic

The Bayou Classic features one of America's greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Last year, the two schools split $1.32 million in proceeds from the series of Bayou Classic events. These proceeds provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the GSU Foundation.

The Bayou Classic is supported by the following organizations for the 39th annual series of events –  State Farm®, U.S. Marine Corps, MillerCoors®, The Home Depot®, The Coca-Cola Company, Louisiana>AIDS (Louisiana Greater Than AIDS), Cox Louisiana, Entergy Louisiana, the French Market Corporation, and Visit Baton Rouge.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the 39th Annual Bayou Classic and the Battle of the Bands & Greek Show are on sale now, Tickets for both events can be purchased at the following locations: the Bayou Classic website (, Ticketmaster, the New Orleans Arena Box Office, the Grambling State University Ticket Office, or the Southern University Ticket Office.