25th Anniversary


Gardner-Webb vs Tennessee State

Gardner-Webb vs Tennessee State

Saturday, September 16, 2023
Game Starts at 5:00PM

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1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213

About the Classic

The John A. Merritt Classic, first played in 1999, honors the history of John Ayers Merritt, the legendary football coach who the Tennessee State University Tigers from 1963 – 1983. It is one of only two football Classics solely hosted by a single NCAA FCS institution and played at an NFL facility (Nissan Stadium).

The John A. Merritt Classic Weekend is a fun-packed weekend of activities, cultural and social events, and fundraising experiences dedicated to providing scholarships, support and other related needs for students at Tennessee State University.

Beginning in 2023, TSU has partnered with the Tennessee Titans, whom they share the use of Nissan Stadium, as the new Presenting Sponsor of the John A. Merritt Classic.