MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Orange Blossom Classic returns to South Florida Labor Day weekend with community events leading up to the Big Game.
The Orange Blossom Classic dates back to 1933, but it didn’t become an annual event in Miami until 1947. The classic last took place in 1978.
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The football game has always been historic, but this year the classic is well positioned to attract thousands of fans, alumni, school members and family members from surrounding areas and around the world.
The Greater Miami Cconvention & Visitors office project it to recover from classic will result in Major economic advantages to the region on Labort Weekend day.
Community events are scheduled through Sunday, September 5.
Community events are designed to bring together a great community to celebrate deserving students while providing engagement and connections to community leaders, colleges, local entrepreneurs and large corporations.
On Friday, September 3, Hard Rock Stadium will host the first day of community events leading up to the game.
The Sports and Entertainment Careers Symposium is scheduled for 9 a.m. and the doors will open at 8 a.m.
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Attendees will receive information about careers in the sports industry from NFL team leaders.
In addition, admissions representatives from Jackson State University and Florida A&M University will be on hand to help students plan their enrollment at the university.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the CareerSource Recruitment Fair will be held at Hard Rock Stadium (club level, second floor, north door).
The welcome reception and the GMCVB commissioner’s lunch, which will be held at the club level, on the second floor of the North Gate, is scheduled for 2 p.m., with a cocktail starting at 11 a.m.
On Saturday, September 4, the OBC Miami Gardens Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Carol City High School and ends at 11 a.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center.
The OBC Empowerment Fest and Health Village at the Betty T. Ferguson Community Center is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.
The Battle of the Bands will take place at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
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On Sunday, September 5, the official OBC tailgate experience kicks off at 11 a.m., with the stadium doors opening at 1 p.m. and the OBC football game kicks off at 3 p.m.