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P&G Ohio Classic pits Morgan State and Savannah State in Cleveland

June 8, 2005

CLEVELAND – The Procter & Gamble Ohio Classic will return to Cleveland the weekend of September 16-18, bringing an estimated 75,000 people to downtown and pumping a projected $50 million into the regional economy.

The Morgan State University Bears will meet the Savannah State University Tigers in this year’s P&G Ohio Classic Game. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. at Browns Stadium on Saturday, September 17.

More than 45,000 fans attended the game during its inaugural year in Cleveland in 2003, As in past years, P&G Ohio Classic festivities will include a multi-day series of education and entertainment-related activities surrounding the annual matchup between two Historically Black colleges.

“We are excited and proud to bring the Ohio Classic back to Cleveland,” said John C. Pace, Jr., president and CEO of World-Class Events Management, which presents the event. Working together with business leaders, elected officials and community partners such as fraternities, sororities, church groups and alumni groups, we will present an event that positively impacts education, economic development and diversity in our community.”

Highlights of the weekend will include:

  • The P&G Ohio Classic Football Game at Browns Stadium
  • The Nationwide Insurance Half-Time Show and The American Family Insurance Ultimate Battle of the Bands Post-Game Show.
  • The Tom Joyner Sky Show, scheduled for Friday, September 16 at Music Hall.
  • A College Fair providing students and parents opportunities to meet college recruiters and discuss scholarships.

In 2003, the Classic announced a partnership between Cleveland and Cincinnati to rotate the game between the two cities annually. “The P&G Ohio Classic is a nationally-supported statewide event that benefits education in Cleveland, Cincinnati and all points in between,” said Mr. Pace. “At the same time, Cleveland’s position as one of the top 15 major markets in the country gives us greater access to corporations and entertainers who will support our education initiatives, which is why we moved our corporate office to Cleveland in 2004.”

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