Big Apple Classic

Event Information



The 8th annual Big Apple Classic (BAC) basketball tournament returns to Barclays Center in Brooklyn on December 7 when archrivals from four of the nation’s most prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the CIAA and MEAC collegiate conferences will match up in a doubleheader. Day of event details are below:

  • 2:00pm - College Fair (Main Concourse)
  • 3:00pm - Virginia State University vs. Virginia Union University
    • Halftime Show - Battle of the Bands EXPO
    • Step Show at intermission between games
  • 6:00pm - North Carolina Central University vs. Howard University
    • Halftime Show - Battle of the Bands EXPO

This year’s Big Apple Classic is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated events of the year. While the Virginia State Trojans and Virginia Union Panthers hold one of the longest-running rivalries in the history of the CIAA, Union adds a unique twist with first-year head coach Tony Sheals, who brings more than 20 years of coaching experience. The Eagle-Bison rivalry is just beginning to blossom, as Howard lost to North Carolina Central at the 2014 MEAC Tournament. The team is projected to challenge the Eagles again for the 2015 title.

Tickets for the Big Apple Classic at Barclays Center are currently on sale and can be purchased online via ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800.745.3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

Group discounts are available for Groups of 10 or more by calling 855.GROUP.BK. For information on individual suites, please call 718.BK.SUITE.

If purchasing 10+ tickets take advantage of our group pricing. More group information for this event can be found below. To purchase call 855.GROUP.BK or email groups@barclayscenter.com.


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