Football fans and supporters of historically Black colleges are eagerly anticipating the upcoming "Truth and Service Classic" football game between Howard University and Hampton University. The third edition of this storied rivalry will take place on September 16, 2023, at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Tickets for this highly anticipated matchup are now on sale, and fans can secure their seats by visiting www.audifield.com.
A Historic Rivalry:
Dating back to 1908, the rivalry between Howard University and Hampton University is widely known as the "Battle for the Real HU." Hampton University currently holds the edge in the all-time series, boasting a record of 55-41-1 against Howard University. The two teams last faced off on September 3, 2022, at Hampton University, with the Hampton Pirates narrowly defeating the Howard Bison by a score of 31-28.
Excitement Surrounding the Event:
Danita Johnson, D.C. United President of Business Operations, expressed her enthusiasm for hosting the Truth and Service Classic at Audi Field, stating that it is an important relationship for D.C. United and the stadium. The event offers an opportunity for celebration and education, bringing together two of the nation's esteemed historically Black colleges in the heart of the Nation's Capital.
Establishing a Tradition:
The Truth and Service Classic was first established in 2021 when Audi Field hosted the matchup between Howard University and longtime rivals Hampton University. The inaugural game saw Hampton University claim victory with a decisive 48-22 win over the Howard Bison in front of a nearly full stadium. The second installment of the Truth and Service Classic took place on October 15, 2022, with Howard University hosting Harvard University, resulting in a 41-25 victory for the Crimson.
Anticipating the Showdown:
Kery Davis, Howard University's Director of Athletics, expressed excitement for the upcoming game, emphasizing the importance of renewing the long-standing rivalry with Hampton. Davis extended his gratitude to D.C. United and Audi Field for their invaluable partnership and the opportunity it provides for the student-athletes.
History and Expectations:
Howard University's football program, part of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), boasts a rich history spanning over 125 years. The Bison have secured five Black College National Championships and three conference championships. Their 2023 season begins with an away game against Eastern Michigan on September 1.
An Exciting Citywide Celebration:
Events DC President and CEO Angie M. Gates highlighted the partnership between Events DC, Audi Field, D.C. United, and Howard University in bringing the Truth and Service Classic to HBCU football fans and alumni of both institutions. The game, held at Audi Field and its surrounding area, promises a weekend filled with activities for the whole family. Fans are encouraged to experience the city's offerings while witnessing this historic rivalry battle for the title of the Real HU.
The Truth and Service Classic is set to be a memorable event, showcasing the passion, talent, and tradition of HBCU football. Football enthusiasts and supporters alike eagerly anticipate this clash between Howard University and Hampton University as they come together to celebrate their respective alma maters and the spirit of competition.