Mississippi Valley State vs Tennessee State

Nissan Stadium

Nashville, Tennessee

John A. Merritt Classic HONOREES



1999 Merritt Family
2000 Merritt Assistant Coaches: Joe Gilliam, Sr. & Alvin Coleman, Sr.
2001 Carrie Gentry & former Majorettes
2002 Sam Whitmon
2003 TSU Original Boosters
2004 1966 Undefeated Team
2005 1970 Undefeated Team
2006 50th Anniversary Championship Basketball & Women’s Track
2007 1973 Undefeated Team “HBCU Football Champions”
2008 1998 & 1999 OVC Champions
2009 1982 Undefeated Team“HBCU Football Champions”
2010 1965 Undefeated Team “HBCU Football Champions”
2011 Dr. Fred Humphries, Ivanetta Davis, & Homer Wheaton
2012 Dr. James Hefner
2013 Richard Dent
2014 Edward L. prof’ graves
2015 Ed “Too Tall” Jones
2016 Undefeated 1956 national championship football team
2017 John Merritt Classic Committee
2018 Clinton Gray Sr.


Single Game Parking
Advance single game parking for lots R and MG:
$20 with the purchase of a game ticket

DAY of GAME Parking
Only in Lots E, F, M, G, N and SKINNY A – $25

Nissan Stadium BUS/RV Tailgate Package: $600
Nissan Stadum BUS/RV Parking Pass: $250

Nissan Parking

MS Valley State parking/info MS Valley State fans designated parking is lot H Click Here for Larger Map.

Fans can purchase tickets and enter the stadium at gate 8. On the southwest side of the building.

Strict bag policy will be enforced at the Nissan Stadium. Click here for details.

No umbrellas will be allowed.


Hotel Preston

733 Briley Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37217
Phone: (615) 361-5900

This stylish hotel with its own art collection lies 2 miles from Nashville International Airport, and 6 miles from country music at Ryman Auditorium.

Relaxed, contemporary rooms feature flat-screen TVs, pillow-top mattresses and free Wi-Fi. Suites add separate sitting areas and wet bars. Quirky in-room perks such as lava lamps and goldfish can be requested at the front desk; pet room service is also available.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, conference rooms, a ballroom that holds up to 700 people, plus free parking and an airport/local area shuttle. A casual restaurant and bar round out the offerings.


Four Points by Sheraton Nashville | Brentwood

760 Old Hickory Boulevard
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: (615) 964-5500
Fax: (615) 964-5501

Close to All the Sights. Join us at the Four Points by Sheraton Nashville – Brentwood, where you’ll enjoy boutique service, plenty of extras, and the convenience of being just 9 miles south of Nashville. We’re close to hotspots like the Grand Ole Opry and LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans, as well as natural attractions and major corporate offices. We’re also within walking distance of great restaurants and retail shops.

You Want It, We’ve Got It. As a full-service hotel, we’re proud to offer everything you need when you’re traveling. Be sure to enjoy some great meals and warm hospitality at our restaurant. And treat your body right at our fitness center, outdoor pool, or hot tub.

Home away from Home. Our 212 guest rooms feature all the comforts you need, including the plush Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed™. You’ll also get free High Speed Internet Access and bottled water. Our top two floors are dedicated to executive suites.


Hampton Inn & Suites | Nashville Airport

583 Donelson Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 885-4242

This modern airport hotel is a 4-minute drive from Nashville International Airport and a 1-minute walk from an MTA bus stop with service to downtown Nashville. Classic rooms feature free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, plus custom-designed beds, desks and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas and full kitchens.

There’s a free on-site hot breakfast (daily) and weekday breakfast bags to go, as well as a fitness center and an outdoor pool. Additional amenities include meeting rooms and a business center, plus a free airport shuttle and parking.

Please ask for the Tennessee State University Corporate rate when making your reservation


Vanderbilt | West End

1919 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 329-1144

Hampton Inn Vanderbilt West End Hotel provides convenient lodging accommodations located one block from Vanderbilt University in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Enjoy our beautiful renovated hotel, free parking, hot breakfast buffet and wireless internet. Amenities include business center, fitness center and outdoor pool.

*Rate is available on Sunday check-in only.

Please ask for the Tennessee State University Corporate rate when making your reservation.

To check additional hotel rates or for general city information, you can book online through the Nashville

Convention & Visitors Corporation call 800-657-6910 or 615-259-4700


Information for Nashville


Airline Flight Info Reservations Concourse Website
American Airlines 800-223-5436 800-433-7300 C
American Eagle 800-223-5436 800-433-7300 C
American Connection 800-223-5436 800-433-7300 C
Continental Express 800-784-4444 800-525-0280 A
Delta Airlines 800-325-1999 800-221-1212 B
Delta Connection 800-325-1999 800-221-1212 B
Frontier Airlines 800-432-1359 800-432-1359 A
Northwest Airlines 800-441-1818 800-225-2525 B
Skyway/Midwest Express 800-452-2022 C
Southwest Airlines 800-435-9792 800-435-9792 C
United Express Airlines 800-824-6200 800-241-6522 A
US Airways 800-428-4322 800-428-4322 B
US Airways Express 800-428-4322 800-428-4322 B
Air Canada (Jazz) 888-422-7533 888-247-2262 A

Discount Airline Tickets



Clinton Gray, Jr. Chairman of John Merritt Classic

Teresa Phillips Tennessee State University
Athletic Director

  • Gregory Clark
  • Patricia Clayton
  • Howard Gentry, Jr.
  • Adrian Granderson
  • Edward Graves
  • Cassandra Gray
  • Cassandra Griggs
  • Latessa Hickerson
  • Connie Kinnard
  • Fred Lee
  • Dorothy Lockridge
  • Granville “Sonny” Lyons
  • Nathaniel Perry, II
  • James Sexton
  • Jewel Wynn