Florida Classic Consortium Begins Prep for 2014 Contest
The Florida Classic Consortium met April 16, kicking off plans for the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic game between Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University. This year’s game will take place November 22 at the reconstructed Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
The consortium, consisting of several members from both institutions including the presidents and athletics directors, met with members from Florida Citrus Sports on a number of topics to begin planning for the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic weekend.
Plans for the renovated Citrus Bowl indicate construction is on schedule and is expected to be fully functional by game day. Fans can get a live look-in on stadium development by visiting the Turner Construction page dedicated to the stadium (http://turnerwzc.workzonecam.com).
“We’re so excited to open Orlando’s brand-new stadium with a game that has a deep history in this region,” said Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan. “The Florida Blue Florida Classic has resulted in some of the best games – and biggest crowds – that the old Citrus Bowl hosted. There’s no better event to commemorate the opening of the new building.”
During the meeting, Hogan presented each institution with a check for the proceeds from last year’s event. Bethune-Cookman won the 2013 Florida Blue Florida Classic, 29-10.
Afterward, Hogan, B-CU president Dr. Edison O Jackson, FAMU president Dr. Elmira Mangum, B-CU Director of Athletics Lynn W. Thompson and FAMU Athletics Director Kellen Winslow, Sr. paused for a photo officially kicking off the 2014 campaign.
For more information on the Florida Blue Florida Classic, please log on FloridaClassic.org.
Bethune-Cookman University was founded in 1904 and serves the community via three campuses. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.
Beverly JamesDirector of Communicationsjamesb@cookman.edu
About Bethune-Cookman University
Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.