47th Annual Bayou Classic will be played in Shreveport

The 45th Annual Bayou Classic festivities kick off on Nov. 25.
The 45th Annual Bayou Classic festivities kick off on Nov. 25.(WAFB)
Updated: Oct. 5, 2020 at 9:16 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - When the decision was made by the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors to postpone fall sports, it also postponed the 47th Annual Bayou Classic until the spring.

On Monday, Oct. 5, Bayou Classic organizers joined school leadership from both Grambling State University and Southern University, Mayor Adrian D. Perkins of Shreveport, and Shreveport-Bossier’s Sports Commission to announce that the 47th Annual Bayou Classic would be temporarily moved to Shreveport.

The Bayou Classic will be played Saturday, April 17 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. More details regarding the Bayou Classic will be released at a future date.

The Bayou Classic has proven to be a steadfast beacon of legacy and tradition that extends beyond the HBCU community.

Fans from across the nation journey to witness the electrifying football game between Grambling and Southern, while eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated halftime show featuring two of the greatest marching bands in the nation. Due to the substantial scope of the Phase 2 renovation work to begin in January 2021 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, the annual home of the Bayou Classic, this rescheduled annual match-up between the Grambling Tigers and the Southern Jaguars had to be temporarily moved to another location.

The 48th Annual Bayou Classic is scheduled to be held in New Orleans in November of 2021 as traditionally done each year.

“The Bayou Classic is a long-standing tradition that we are excited to have come to Shreveport. We are proud to be a part of ensuring the continuity of this game that spans decades,” said Mayor Perkins.

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