Florida Classic

Florida Blue classic logo
Florida Blue classic logo
by Rennae Morgan

For many people, the arrival of November signals the change of color on the leaves outside, pumpkin patches with loved onesand Thanksgiving dinner at home with the family.

But for Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats, November means that annual Florida Blue Florida Classic is just around the corner.

The 40th annual event, pitting the Wildcats against their rival, the Rattlers of Florida A&M University, will be Nov. 23 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

B-CU athletics has not posted anything on its website, social media and even sent out an email about a guaranteed date of ticket distribution. Savvy students, however, have started buying tickets.

Ashlyn Denson said she purchased a Florida Classic ticket for $15 at the campus box office. "I didn't know they were selling Florida Classic Tickets," Denson said. "I just happened to go check and to my surprise they were. I advise people to go purchase a ticket soon before they sell out."

Tickers also are on sale at the Florida Classic official website. Prices range from $22 to $225 or more, depending on seating, when purchased through Ticketmaster. There is an option to pay on the day of the game at the stadium box office but prepared for price to rise due to the popularity of the game. The attendance at last year's game, during which the Wildcats beat FAMU 33-19, was 52,142.

Besides the game, the website also is promoting the Florida Classic Consortium Kickoff Luncheon presented by Florida Blue on Friday, Nov. 22.

According to the site, the Classic weekend gets started with players, pep bands, university officials and student leaders gathering to celebrate the season, preview the upcoming matchup and show that Rattlers and Wildcats remain divided on the field but united in the world with this luncheon.