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Circle City Classic

500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225
Venue Phone: 317-262-8600
Event Phone: 317-925-2702


The annual Circle City Classic weekend is a celebration of cultural excellence and educational achievement while showcasing the spirit, energy and tradition of America's historically black colleges and universities.

HBCU Marching Bands and The Divine 9 Sororities and Fraternities are deeply rooted in Black Culture. This year, instead of highlighting football, Classic will showcase HBCU band programs and their contributions to HBCU culture. Classic weekend will showcase the meticulous performances and showmanship of at least five HBCU bands across the country. Three participating bands include Miles College Purple Marching Machine, Kentucky State University Mighty Marching Thorobreds and Talladega College Great Tornado Band. Two additional HBCU bands and other activations inside Lucas Oil Stadium will be announced. Immediately following the band battle, ten sororities and fraternities across the country will also battle during a step competition for bragging rights and financial awards. Tickets for Classic are on sale now for $50 and $20 and can be purchased at the Lucas Oil Box Office or Ticketmaster outlets. Classic weekend will feature a pep rally, performance parade, Cabaret-styled concert featuring Jodeci and Bel Biv Devoe, and several activations inside Lucas Oil Stadium, including a Battle of the Bands, Greek Step Show, Education Day Party/College Fair, Over 21 Day Party, and Business Card Exchange and Pitch Competition, all included with your Classic ticket.


  • Queen Coronation
    Sunday, September 18, 5 pm
    Marian University Theater

  • Pep Rally with University Bands and Cheerleaders
    Friday, September 23, 4-6 pm
    Monument Circle

  • Classic Cabaret featuring Jodeci and Bell Biv Devoe
    Friday, September 23, 7:30 pm
    Indiana Convention Center

  • Circle City Classic Parade
    Saturday, September 24, 10 am-12 pm
    Downtown Indianapolis

  • Circle City Classic Tailgate
    Saturday, September 24, 11 am-3 pm
    South Street in front of Lucas Oil Stadium

  • Activities inside Lucas Oil Stadium
    Saturday, September 24
    $20 event ticket covers all activities

    • Day Party - 21 and Over
      12-3 pm

    • Business Networking and Card Exchange/Pitch Competition
      12-3 pm
      Invitation Only

    • Education Day College Fair - Party with a Twist
      11 am
      For middle and high school students

    • HBCU Battle of the Bands
      3 pm
      Talladega College Great Tornado Band, Kentucky State University Mighty Marching Thorobreds, Miles College Purple Marching Machine Band, and two additional marching bands to be announced

    • Greek Step Show Battle
      Immediately following Battle of the Bands

  • DJ Geno's Classic Comedy Jam
    Saturday, September 24, 7:30 and 11 pm
    Featuring D.L. Hughley, Ricky Smiley, and Lil Duval
    Murat Theatre
    $73.49 - purchase here

Lucas Oil Stadium Tickets: $20.