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The NFC Experience

Sep 17
3:30 PM | RFK Stadium | TBA

AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®


Check out the action from 2015

Hampton University and Howard University “battle for the real HU!”

Get to the game early for the Pepsi Fan Festival! The Pepsi Fan Festival is a pre-game ultimate tailgate held on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, featuring games, music, food trucks, sponsor booths and activities for all ages. Previous performers have included national recording artists Adrian Marcel, Eric Bellinger, Jeremih, Raheem DeVaughn, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Sugar Bear and E.U., Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and more!

Please stay tuned for more updates and announcements on pre-game activities!

Tailgate information for 2016 will be made available at a later date.  

General RFK Stadium Tailgating Guidelines

With famous sights, free attractions, great hotels and countless restaurants, Washington, DC is the perfect backdrop for the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®. DC has evolved into a cosmopolitan city with renewed energy across the nation’s capital, from the city’s vibrant core to its diverse neighborhoods. DC ranks as one of the top U.S. destinations in numerous travel publications: #1 Best City for Sports Travel by; #1 - Forbes 2014 List of America’s Coolest Cities; #3 Best Places to Visit in the USA US News & World Report; #7 for Traveler’s Choice for Top 25 TripAdvisor.

Visit Destination DC to learn more about opportunities for fun and exploration in the District.

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Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the historic D.C. sports venue that has entertained spectators with its crowd-pleasing sightlines since 1961, is affectionately known as "RFK" around the globe. The home turf for professional, collegiate and high school games during its history, RFK was the first major stadium designed specifically as a multisport facility for both football and baseball and is the current home for Major League Soccer's D.C. United. The host of top-selling concerts, charitable events and international sporting events, RFK Stadium has a capacity for 45,000+ visitors, features a natural grass playing field and has modern locker rooms, lounge areas and club rooms for private and group affairs.

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The AT&T Nation's Football Classic® was created to celebrate the passion and tradition of the college football experience; recognize the history of service to others by the students, faculty and alumni of historically black colleges and universities; highlight the unity of African-American culture; and honor the heritage and excellence of these proud institutions.

Organized by Events DC, the inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® was held on September 1, 2011 at RFK Stadium.

The AT&T Nation's Football Classic® is much more than a game - the Classic weekend includes an array of elements unique to the black college experience. 

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Hotel Information & Directions

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RFK Stadium
2400 E Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003

Metro and Directions

RFK Stadium is easily accessible by Metrorail’s Blue/Orange Line. Stop is Stadium-Armory Station.
Metrorail Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m. – midnight

Friday: 5 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Sunday: 7 a.m. – midnight

For Metrobus schedules and additional Metro information, please visit

From National Airport
Exit National Airport and follow signs for I-395 and 50 West to Washington. On the George Washington Parkway, take the exit for I-395 North. Stay on 395 North, across the Potomac River, for about three miles. Once past the Maine Avenue exit, stay in the left lane of the freeway. I-395 will exit right, to the Capitol and Senate buildings. Do not follow I-395 North; stay left for the stadium. Proceed straight ahead in the left lanes to the exit at Sixth Street Southeast and Navy Yard. At the bottom of the ramp, go left at the traffic light onto 6th Street. Stay on 6th Street for .05 miles to Independence Avenue. Turn right onto Independence Avenue and stay on Independence Avenue for 1.1 miles to 19th Street. Turn left onto 19th Street and travel one block to East Capitol Street. Turn right on East Capitol Street to the stadium.

From Union Station
Go east from Union Station along Massachusetts Avenue. Continue past Stanton Square on Massachusetts Avenue to Lincoln Park (at 12th Street). Go around Lincoln Park to East Capitol Street and turn right onto East Capitol Street. Follow East Capitol Street to the stadium.

From I-66 and Constitution Avenue
Follow Constitution Avenue east past the Capitol to Maryland Avenue. Turn left on Maryland Avenue and go two blocks to Stanton Square. At Stanton Square, turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue. On Massachusetts Avenue, follow directions from Union Station.

From I-95/Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Baltimore
Follow I-95 South (merge with I-495 toward Virginia). Exit onto the Baltimore-Washington Parkway South toward D.C. On the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, follow the signs toward I-295. Take the East Capitol Street exit.

RFK Stadium Parking Map

Metrorail & Metrobus
Washington, DC has one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient transportation systems in the world. Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around DC, with Metrobus providing connections for locations not serviced by Metrorail. Metrobus runs a total of 338 routes throughout the city and the Greater Washington, DC area. Metro operates from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends.

Click here for more information on Metrorail & Metrobus

Taxis, Rental Cars & Parking
DC has one of the highest taxi-to-citizen rations in the country with more than 6,000 taxis servicing the city. Rental cars are another option. All the major rental companies have locations throughout DC, and most have offices at the airports.

Most hotels have parking facilities located within their structure and visitors can find convenient street or garage parking with Spot Here, an app that helps drivers find and reserve parking at select locations.

Click here for more information on getting around DC

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News & Gallery

Friday, September 25, 2015
Hampton claims victory and bragging rights in their 1000th game in historic rivalry against Howard...
Saturday, September 19, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 1,000th football game in Hampton University history was a Classic....
Thursday, September 17, 2015
One-time Hampton University drum major Tory Smart takes over as Hampton University Director of...

Media Credentials

All media must submit a request for credentials to the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®. Please check back for information on 2016!

The AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® media credentials are reserved for working print, online and broadcast journalists as well as sports analysts with commercial news organizations and recognized publications.

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Tickets & Pricing

Lower Bowl
Be close to the action and the bands!

(Howard = Home; Hampton = Visitor)

Covered seating area with optimal view of the entire field!

(Howard = Home; Hampton = Visitor)

Entertaining guests or a small group? RFK Stadium offers private suite options ranging from 12-16 seats. Available for a limited time.

For information or to purchase, contact or call 202.608.1135

Please check back later for information on 2016!

Looking for a fun and affordable outing for your group? Consider group tickets - save money on the cost per ticket and enjoy the game together!

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Lower Bowl
Be close to the action and the bands!

Please check back for 2016 prices


Covered seating area with optimal view of the entire field!

Please check back for 2016 prices


Entertaining guests or a small group? RFK Stadium offers private suite options ranging from 12-16 seats. Available for a limited time.

Please check back for 2016 prices!

For information or to purchase, contact or call 202.608.1135