TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M Athletics announced today that the FAMU Tampa Football Classic will be played as scheduled this Saturday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m., at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
In coordination with partners from Tennessee State University, FAMU Athletics confirmed today, through the Tampa Bay Sports Authority and City officials, that Raymond James Stadium is in a safe, game-ready condition, post Hurricane Irma.
According to Athletics Director Milton Overton, after speaking with a number of alumni, supporters, and fans in the Tampa Bay area it was clear that the Rattlers in Tampa Bay are resilient and ready to get back to normal this weekend with their Rattler family at Raymond James Stadium.
Overton said they expressed their excitement about watching the Rattler Football team and the incomparable Marching “100” take on the Tigers of Tennessee State.
“We are dedicating this game to first responders and Floridians impacted by the storm,” Overton said. “All first responders and their immediate family members will be provided with complementary tickets to the game and donations will be collected onsite for the American Red Cross to help Floridians who are still in need of assistance,” Overton added
Overton noted that travel reservations with hotel partners hosting the National Alumni Association and Football Team were confirmed as available, and hotel partners emphasized that they are excited about hosting the Rattlers during the Tampa Classic weekend.