47th Bayou Classic to be played in Shreveport in April

 The 47th annual Bayou Classic is set to be played on Saturday, Apr. 17, 2021 at the Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

On Oct. 5, Bayou Classic officials joined by leadership from both Grambling State and Southern A&M, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and Shreveport-Bossier’s Sports Commission announced in a press conference that the 47th annual Bayou Classic would temporarily be moved to Shreveport. 

“We always look forward to playing Southern in the Bayou Classic each year,” GSU President Richard Gallot said. “While we won’t be able to do so at the Superdome, we are thankful to Mayor Perkins, the City of Shreveport, the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Caddo Parish Commission, and other local sponsors for extending the opportunity to continue this time-honored tradition in their city.”

Due to New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s decision to keep the city under Phase II and its guidelines eliminating contact sports, the annual college football game between GSU and Southern had to be temporarily moved to another location.

First held in 1974 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, the game is one of two black college football classics to be held during Thanksgiving weekend.  

The game is scheduled to return to New Orleans in November 2021. 

The 47th Bayou Classic will be played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.