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Florida Classic presented by State Farm tickets to go on sale July 7

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June 16, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tickets for the 2008 edition of America's largest HBCU football game, the Florida Classic presented by State Farm, go on sale July 7th, as do tickets to the annual extravaganza on the eve before the game, the State Farm Battle of the Bands. The Classic, the 29th-annual contest between Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University, will be played on November 22nd at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando.

General admission tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, by phone (407.839.3900) or online through ticketmaster.com or FloridaClassic.org. Priority seating for the game are available in season ticket packages purchased at either B-CU or FAMU. For ticket information for B-CU, call 368.481.2465; for FAMU, call 850.599.3141.

Handicap-accessible seating and group tickets (20 or more) may be purchased through Florida Citrus Sports (407.423.2476) or at the FCSports Box Office, located in the south end of the stadium (Mon. & Wed., 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; Fri., 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).

STATE FARM RENEWS SPONSORSHIP
For the 11th consecutive year, State Farm has renewed its support of education, community and sportsmanship as a presenting sponsor for the Florida Classic.

"The Florida Classic is more than a football game to me,” said Vince Loffredo, Orlando-based Claims Manager for State Farm Insurance. "Through my association with the Florida Classic, I have formed many wonderful relationships with the schools, the community, and within my company. I am proud that my company, State Farm, is dedicated to making a difference in the support of these two fine academic institutions and in the futures of our children through our long term commitment of sponsorship and volunteerism."

In addition to its game sponsorship, State Farm is also the title sponsor of Battle of the Bands, a yearly tradition rivaled only by the game itself. The “Battle” will take place this year on Friday, November 21st at Amway Arena and will feature some of the nation’s top high school bands. The night is headlined by show-stopping performances by the FAMU “Marching 100” and “The Marching Wildcats” of B-CU.

Tickets to the State Farm Battle of the Bands may be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, at Amway Arena, by phone (407.839.3900) or online at Ticketmaster.com.

MEDIA ADVISORY
Accredited media interested in covering the 2008 Florida Classic presented by State Farm may now apply online at www.FloridaClassic.org and by clicking the "Media" button. Application deadline for this year's game is Wednesday, November 12.

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The Florida Classic Consortium is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit Florida Corporation chaired by the Presidents of Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University. All proceeds from the game and official ancillary events support the mission of B-CU and FAMU to provide educational opportunities through scholarships for all students.

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Shirley Rangeranges@cookman.edu PH: 386-481-2950

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.

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