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UCLA Football Sets Future Dates with HBCUs Alabama State, North Carolina Central
By Sentinel News Service
Published February 24, 2021

Running back Demetric Felton (10) rushed for a career high 206 yards against Arizona.(Photo by Jevone Moore)

UCLA has added home games against Alabama State University and North Carolina Central University to its future football schedule, marking the first time the Bruins will face a historically black college or university (HBCU).

UCLA will host Alabama State on September 10, 2022 and North Carolina Central on September 16, 2023 at the Rose Bowl. Each team’s world-renowned band, Alabama State’s “The Mighty Marching Hornets” and North Carolina Central’s “The Sound Machine Marching Band”, will perform at the game.

“Adding two HBCUs to our football schedule is special,” said the Alice and Nahum Lainer Family Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond. “It’s exciting to give our student-athletes and fans a new experience and to bring a little bit of the South to Southern California.”

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Alabama State’s acclaimed marching band, officially known as “The Mighty Marching Hornets”, was featured in Beyonce’s Netflix concert film Homecoming, has been invited several times to the Honda Battle of the Bands and performed at the Rose Parade. Additionally, Alabama State’s dance team, the Honey Beez, has performed on America’s Got Talent.

North Carolina Central was established in Durham in 1910 and was the nation’s first state-supported liberal arts college for Black students. Today, it is consistently ranked as a top historically black college or university and remains committed to diversity in and access to higher education. North Carolina Central’s renowned marching band, officially known as “The Sound Machine Marching Band”, has been invited several times to perform at the Honda Battle of the Bands Showcase in Atlanta, as well as in the Rose Parade.

The 2022 game with Alabama State and 2023 game with North Carolina Central replace the previously-scheduled series with Michigan, who terminated its home-and-home contract with UCLA in 2019.

The Bruins’ future football schedules include games against LSU (2021 and 2024), Georgia (2025 and 2026), Auburn (2027 and 2028), and Wisconsin (2029 and 2030). Click here to view the future schedules.

UCLA’s 2021 football season kicks off on August 28 versus Hawaii, followed by home contests against 2019 national champion LSU on September 4 and Fresno State on September 18. Season tickets for the 2021 campaign are on sale now at uclabruins.com/tickets.

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