Tailgating, football and at HBCU games, marching bands are all part of the game-day experience, and the Heartland Football Classic, on Sat., Sept. 7, at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium will have it all. What’s more, the game features the return of college football to Wichita State University following a 33-year absence.

Certainly the event brought to you by the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce – Wichita, will be a great time for HBUC alumni and supporters, college football fans, and those who enjoy having a good time with family and friends.


Plan on arriving early. 

  • Activities began around 2:30 p.m.  with the Southeast High School Band on the field. 
  • The bands, music via the PA, and videos will keep the crowd engaged before the game.   
  • The Langston Lions Band will march into the stadium around 3:30 p.m. and that’s something you don’t want to miss.
  • The pregame show will include a cermonial coin toss, ROTC team to present the arms, and a special performs of the national anthem.  
  • Parking in the lots along Hillside is paid.  General parking is $5.  Tailgating parking, the most northern lot in front of Koch Arena, is $10.  


Make the Classic a full-day event by adding tailgating with family and friends. The WSU parking lot opens for tailgating on the day of the game at noon. There’s a designated area for tailgating near 21st and Hillside. Access to the tailgating area is $10 per vehicle. Yes, there will be room for tents and tables. Grills are allowed, but they can’t use charcoal or wood.

All tailgating must be discontinued 30 minutes before the game begins. The game begins at 4 p.m.


You know we love to shop and as a chamber, the sponsors enjoy supporting businesses. So, they’ve invited nearly 50 vendors to share their products inside the stadium. The vendors will be located on the west side of the stadium on the mezzanine level. Bring lots of money to take advantage of great deals. Cash and likely credit cards will be accepted.


Of course the highlight of the half-time show will be the Langston Lions Marching Band, but a few special recognitions will be a part of the half-time show. There will be a special recognition given to Coach Willie Jeffries, Coach Theo Cribbs Jr. and Coach Pappy Allen.

Jeffries was the head football coach at WSU from 1979 and 1983 and was the first African-American head coach at a Division I-A football program. He’s been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Coach Cribbs and Allen are both known as the fathers of youth football in Wichita.

Other participants

The Southeast High School Golden Buffalo Marching Band will also play a role in the program, although it hasn’t been clearly identified as of yet.

Some community leaders will participate in a cannon lighting ceremony. Among those who will participate are: Former Senator U.L. “Rip” Gooch, Senator Oletha Faust Goudeau, and USD 259 School Supt. Alicia Thompson.


The Classic is the project of the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce – Wichita, but they have a great deal of support from their partners and event host Wichita State University Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

Ticket prices:

Tickets are available for sale online at www.myvoicetix.com. Seats are not reserved, but the stadium is divided into a general admission and VIP area. The width of the VIP area depends on the number of VIP tickets sold. All other areas are general admission.

Tickets are:

• $40 for VIP ($50 at the gate)

• $30 for General Admission

• $15 student tickets

• $0 free for children 5 and under. Free children tickets are limited to one per adult ticket purchased.

Not allowed

Not allowed in the stadium are: umbrellas, backpacks, weapons and outside food or beverages. Security will be at the gate checking bags.

Food will be for sale by the WSU authorized food vendor at concession stands in the stadium.

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