The NAACP Harmony Classic 2022

Promotional image for the NAACP Harmony Classic featuring football helmets

Please join us for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Harmony Classic football game on Saturday, October 1, where the Yale Bulldogs take on the Howard Bison at the Yale Bowl. Despite rain in the forecast, the event will continue—rain or shine.

For over ten years, the Connecticut NAACP State Conference has been organizing the classic — which this year includes marching band performances, games, vendors, and more — to inspire peace, fellowship, and harmony on college campuses.

Schedule

Time event
8:45 a.m. Round-trip fan shuttle for Yale community members starts leaving from Payne Whitney Gym (masks required)
9 a.m. Main guest parking (Lot D) opens for tailgating (review tailgating rules)
9:30 a.m. Yale Bowl ticket office opens
10 a.m. - noon

Hospitality Village Fan Zone opens (near gate E) and offers the following for free:

  • Games and activities: Inflatables, mini golf, yard games, face painting, tattoos, photo booth
  • Music: DJ
  • Vendors and tables: Health fair, job fair, Yale Affinity Groups, United Way of Greater New Haven, Garden Catering, WYBC Radio, and more
     

Additional activities include:

10:30 a.m. Yale Bowl gates open (Review Clear Bag Policy)
10:40 a.m. “Bulldog walk” starts at Walter Camp Gates, accompanied by Yale Marching Band (see the Yale Bulldogs make their way to the stadium!)
11:50 a.m.

Pre-game celebrations begin, including:

  • National Anthem: Performed by Yale Marching Band and signed by Yale ASL Representative
  • ROTC Color Guard
  • Kingman leads Yale’s team to the field
  • Honorary coin toss
Noon Kickoff
Halftime Performance by Howard University band
4 p.m. Tailgating ends (Note: Tailgating extended to 4 p.m. for this game only)
End of game Round-trip fan shuttle for Yale community members starts leaving from Yale Bowl (masks required)

Tickets and Game Day Information

Tickets

activity yale employees yale students general admission
Admission Free general admission seating in Yale Bowl for employees, one guest*, and children 12 and under (reserve tickets online, by phone, or in person using the promo code provided in a university-wide email or call the ticket office for the promo code at 203-432-1400) Free student section seating in Yale Bowl for students and reduced student guest* tickets Free general admission for children 12 and under and $12 general admission for adults (free tickets for children must be picked up at the box office on game day and adult tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or in person at the box office on game day by Gate E)
Parking $10 per vehicle $10 per vehicle $10 per vehicle
Food and Beverages Free hot dogs, nachos with cheese, pretzels, or popcorn and water or lemonade (one food and beverage item per person) from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hospitality Village, near Gate E). Must show your Yale ID to redeem free food or beverages. Additional items are available for purchase. Available for purchase Available for purchase
Activities

Free for all

Free for all Free for all

*All Yale employees and students must present a valid Yale ID. All additional guests attending with a Yale employee (beyond one free guest) or student will pay a reduced general admission price of $8 per person to enter the Yale Bowl.

Reserve tickets

Every individual must have a reserved ticket to enter the Yale Bowl, even if those tickets are free. Reserve tickets in one of three ways:

  • Online: Reserve digital tickets
  • By phone: 203-432-1400
  • In person: Present your Yale ID at any Yale Bowl box office on game day

Reserve Tickets

Activities

Between 10 a.m. and noon, the Hospitality Village will offer the following for all community members for free:

  • Games and activities: Inflatables, mini golf, yard games, face painting, tattoos, photo booth
  • Music: DJ
  • Vendors and tables: Health fair, job fair, Yale Affinity Groups, United Way of Greater New Haven, Garden Catering, WYBC Radio, and more

Additional activities include:

Game Day Central

The game takes place at the Yale Bowl, at 81 Central Avenue in New Haven, CT.

Information about tailgating, the clear bag policy (bags are available for $5 each, if needed), and other game day details are available on Yale Athletic’s Game Day Central webpage.

Information about Yale Bowl's clear bag policy

Map of parking options at Yale BowlParking and Transportation

Visit the Game Day Central Parking page for information about:

  • Parking: Visitor parking is located in Lot D and costs $10 per vehicle.
  • Shuttle: The Athletic Department will provide a round-trip fan shuttle for Yale community members starting at 8:45 a.m.

Information about additional transportation options, such as walking, biking, and public transit information is available on Yale’s Parking and Transportation page.

Get Social

Let’s promote harmony! All Yale football fans and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) alums are invited to share their game day photos on social media and use the hashtags #NAACPHARMONYCLASSIC and #ThisIsYale.

Fans are also encouraged to visit the following accounts:

See you at the game!