Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bull City Gridiron Classic

With NC Central University transitioning into Division I football this year, we will see our very own college football rivalry here in the Bull City. Duke and NCCU will be playing this Saturday, September 26.

There is an interesting article the the Independent Weekly that discusses the sometimes sordid past of the two schools and how the game is interesting because it is between "two schools that came to exemplify—rightly or wrongly—the class and racial chasm of a single town."

It is certainly sure to be an interesting game. As a lead-up to the event, tonight both schools are hosting the Bull City Football Fest at the Durham Athletic Park (that's the old Bulls park). It looks like a pretty good time:

Bull City Football Fest Schedule

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. DJs from WXDU and WKNC playing music

6:30 - 7:20 p.m. Pep rally featuring head coaches, football team captains, marching bands and cheerleaders

7:20 - 7:25 p.m. Proclamation by Durham Mayor Bill Bell

7:30 - 9:10 p.m. Performances by student groups from Duke and NCCU
Performances include: The Pitchforks (A cappella), DefMo (hip hop dance), Inside Joke (sketch comedy), Sabrosura (Latin dance) and Stop Motion (break dancing)

9:10 - 10:00 p.m. Concert by The Sammys

10:00 - 11:00 p.m. Concert by The Dickens

There will also be food by local Durham places like Bullocks BBQ and OnlyBurger. The website claims that tickets are available on, but I can't find them, so I would suggest purchasing at the door. Tickets for the game on Saturday are still available at

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