The NAACP Harmony Classic 2022
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.
- Tickets and Game Day Information (Be sure to review the Clear Bag Policy)
- Parking and Transportation
- Get Social
|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:
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!)|
Pre-game celebrations begin, including:
|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)|
|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|
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.
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
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:
- Sign up for the Boola’s Buddies Kids Club (free; for kids 12 and under)
- Additional NAACP programming and activities
Game Day Central
The game takes place at the Yale Bowl, at 81 Central Avenue in New Haven, CT.
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.
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:
- Connecticut NAACP on Instagram and Facebook
- Yale Athletics on Instagram and Twitter
- Yale Football on Instagram and Twitter
See you at the game!