The annual MU-KU Border Showdown at Arrowhead is, sadly, a thing of the past. But today, there's good news for Kansas City college-football fans. The Chiefs and city officials announced the creation of a new Kansas City annual football game called the Missouri Classic during a press conference Monday at Arrowhead.
The first edition of the game will feature the Grambling State University Tigers taking on the Lincoln University Blue Tigers on September 14. Speaking at the announcement, which was attended by almost a dozen Lincoln alumni (the school is in Jefferson City), Mayor Sly James said Classic further cements the city's reputation as a sports town and "a city with an open heart."
James also noted that the weekend of September 14 is the Chiefs' home opener against the Dallas Cowboys. "Somebody is probably going to have to bring me an oxygen mask by Monday," he joked.
The night before the game, the schools' famous marching bands will perform in town. Grambling head coach Doug Williams said the bands were an integral part of experiencing historically black colleges playing football. "We treat the band like the American Express card. We don't leave home without it," he said.
It will be a homecoming game for Lincoln head coach Mike Jones, a Kansas City native. The Classic will also pit two Super Bowl champions against each other. Jones, a former running back at Mizzou, is most famous for a play he made for the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXIV. Jones tacked Tennessee Titans receiver Kevin Dyson on the 1-yard line in the final second of the game, sealing the victory for St. Louis. Williams was the Washington Redskins' quarterback and Super Bowl MVP in 1988 in a 42-10 rout of the Denver Broncos.
Both programs have struggled to be successful in recent years. They had matching dismal 1-10 records last season.
General-admission tickets cost $27, and club-level seats are $34. Students can get in for $18. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or at retail stores in Kansas City. Here's a full list.