Southern Heritage Classic canceled, will not be rescheduled

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Southern Heritage Classic has been canceled, and will not be rescheduled because of the conflicting schedules for the two teams.

A significant amount of rain and lightning moved through the Mid-South on Saturday resulting in the cancellation of the game.

“I think we all are disappointed. I think the whole community is disappointed. I was just taken back but it was an act of God. Nothing that we can do, we just have to deal with it. We couldn’t put the fans, the players in harms way. That’s the decision that we had to make,” Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones said.

Tickets can be refunded at the stadium box office starting Tuesday through Friday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you cannot make it to the box office, you can mail your tickets to

  • Pat Agnew
  • co/ Southern Heritage Classic
  • 4466 Elvis Presley Blvd, St. 248
  • Memphis, TN 38116

If you have any issues with your refund, call 901-398-6655 or 1-800-332-1991.

Tennessee State and Jackson State will face each other again for the 30th annual Southern Heritage Classic on September 14, 2019.

Fans had high expectations for the event.

Everyone had a smile on their face as they made their way into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the start of the Southern Heritage Classic.

Many of the people have been here all morning tailgating.

The football game between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University is a major rivalry for the two Historically Black Universities.

But the 29th annual Southern Heritage Classic is more than a football game, it’s a cultural event with food, dancing, family, and an overall great time.

“I think the crowd speaks for itself, it’s absolutely fantastic. We got people everywhere, people enjoying themselves. It’s just a great time, great celebration right now in Memphis,” Jones said.

Rudolph Myers has seen the classic grow from it’s inception. He’s been coming to the Classic for 27 years.

“It’s more than a football game, it’s a family thing. Everybody uniting together,” he said.

“It’s all about fun. And it’s about HBCU -- Historically Black Colleges, we’re supporting them year round,” Maurice Thigpen, who’s at his fifth Southern Heritage Classic, said.

The total economic impact for the city of Memphis this weekend is estimated at more than $20 million.

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