2022 Jackson State-Bethune-Cookman football game moved to Jacksonville

By Kevin Kelley -

The Jackson State Tigers at Bethune-Cookman Tigers football game in 2022 has been moved to Jacksonville, the City of Jacksonville and Bethune-Cookman University announced on Tuesday.

Bethune-Cookman and Jackson State will now play their Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) contest at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The game, which remains set for Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, was originally scheduled to be contested at Daytona Stadium in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“It is going to be great for our guys to get the chance to play in a NFL stadium,” Bethune-Cookman head coach Terry Sims said. “For us, to play in a city like Jacksonville, with our great supporting alumni associations, it will be very exciting, and it is still a close enough drive up the road for our regular crowds from Daytona to attend. We are looking forward to the opportunity for our team and for our fans.”

Jackson State is led by head coach Deion Sanders, who guided the Tigers to an undefeated championship season in the SWAC in 2021 (9-0) and a Celebration Bowl appearance.

“This is a great opportunity for our program,” Bethune-Cookman Athletic Director Reggie Theus said. “With a full season back and a full summer of offseason prep behind us, we all expect bigger and better things. It will be great to play in front of that audience and get the chance to connect with our great alumni base in Jacksonville.”

TIAA Bank Field is the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, Georgia-Florida game, and TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. The stadium has a seating capacity of 67,814 and is expandable to 82,000.

“The City of Jacksonville is excited to host the Bethune-Cookman University vs. Jackson State University football game at TIAA Bank Field this fall,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “This game is another great example of the premier sports and entertainment events making their way to Downtown Jacksonville. We look forward to welcoming players, students, and fans from throughout the region to our beautiful city.”

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BCU doesn’t have much of a fan base and I don’t think JSU fans will travel to Florida twice in the regular season.