COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 19, 2011) - On September 3, the Benedict College Tigers will take on the Virginia Union University Panthers during its, 10th Annual Palmetto Capital City Classic football game, held at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.

"We are thrilled to be celebrating our 10th year," said Willie Jeffries, Collegiate Hall of Fame Football Coach and Executive Director of the Classic. "This game brings together so many individuals within and outside of our community, and I believe this year's success will be our best by far."

This year is the first for a team to be invited by the Classic committee from the state of Virginia. Some of the past years opponents include, Johnson C. Smith, Livingstone, Savannah State and Morehouse.

Located in Richmond, Virginia Union University is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and boasts two CIAA football championships. The Panthers are led by Head Coach Michael Bailey.

Benedict Tigers, led by Head Coach Stan Conner, have won five of the last six Palmetto Capital City Classic games.

"More than anything we want visitors to know this event is more than a football game; it's an experience," added Jeffries.

Some of the other events surrounding the game include the Jazz in the City concert, the Palmetto Capital City Class golf tournament, a low country broil and Beaufort stew party, a pre-game parade as well as a pre-game Hip Hop party. For more information on events and tickets, visit

About Columbia Regional Sports Council:
The mission of the Columbia Regional Sports Council is to strengthen the area's economy by marketing and selling the Columbia, SC region (City of Columbia, Lexington County, Richland County) as a premier destination for sporting events, partnering with local sports organizations to grow and develop existing events, and by recruiting new events which provide an economic benefit to the region by generating room nights, food and beverage sales, and associated tax revenues.