Thorobreds Return to the Circle


Defensive stop by Ja’Cione Fugate against Kentucky Wesleyan in this September 2021 photo. (Photo by: Ma’Rico Holland II)

Amaya Johnson, Sports

FRANKFORT, Ky.- The Kentucky State Football team will be making their return to the Annual Circle City Classic for the first time since 2019. Kentucky State in their last appearance at the classic ended in victory against division 1 opponent Jackson State University in a score of 33-25. For this year’s iteration, the Thorobreds will compete against Benedict College on Sept. 25.

This annual event takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Lucas Oil Stadium and is one of the largest African American led sporting events in the country. Typically, over 175,000 people attend the Circle City Classic from across the nation. The classic is a celebration of excellence and success for historically black colleges and universities. It celebrates community, history, and competition between more than just the opposing football teams.

The halftime show presents a battle of the bands in which KSU’s Marching Thorobreds will perform “against” Benedict’s Marching Tigers. The battle of the bands is just one of the several events occurring during the Classic weekend. A parade initiates the celebratory weekend. The eventful day is immediately followed with a coronation, pep rallies, comedy shows, and tailgates throughout the day. Celebrity guests are set to attend the event to round out the night featuring Charlie Wilson and the Isley brothers among others.

Kickoff is set for Saturday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase now. Click the link down below or visit Kentucky State’s Athletics at