With slightly less than two months until game day, more than 60% of the available tickets are already sold or reserved. Group sales have accounted for more than 21% of the over 16,000 tickets claimed to date.
The Literacy Classic marks the first NCAA college football game of the 2003 season and features the San José State University Spartans hosting the Grambling State University Tigers at 3 p.m. Pacific time on August 23, 2003, at San José State University's Spartan Stadium.
The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 and will include a special halftime show featuring the world-renowned Grambling Tiger Marching Band.
65,000 Attendees Expected at Inaugural Literacy Classic Festivities Literacy Week and the Literacy Classic are expected to draw 65,000 attendees from out of state and throughout the Bay Area. The August 16 opening of the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, a collaborative effort between the City of San Jose and San Jose State University, kicks-off Literacy Week, a week-long series of events and festivities starting on August 18, which promotes literacy and academic achievement.
Some of the scheduled events include a Kick-Off Carnival at the San Jose Historical Museum, Greek Show, Gospel Extravaganza, Multi-Cultural Festival, and an appearance by the distinguished Grambling Tiger Marching Band during the halftime show. Literacy Week activities will also feature a variety of events and special literacy programs that will be continued throughout the year including team visits to Bay Area libraries and children's hospitals and readings with Bay Area youth.
"The Grambling vs. San José State football game will be the biggest and most exiting event to hit the South Bay in years and will indeed engergize and capture the attention of football fans throughout the West Coast," said Andre' V. Chapman, President, Literacy Classic Organization. "The literacy component to this event is a unique and creative way to empower our community and corporate partners to support the needs of those most at-risk, our youth."
"The Literacy Classic is yet another opportunity for San Jose to showcase itself as a coveted destination," said Dan Fenton, president and CEO of the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Literacy Week and the game itself are expected to attract thousands of visitors and generate millions of dollars in revenue for the City of San Jose. With more than 65,000 visitors expected for the Literacy Week activities, alumni and other groups are urged to purchase tickets sooner than later."
Group ticket packages are available through the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau (SJCVB) for organized groups wishing to purchase a block of 20 or more tickets.
For more information call 1.888.SAN.JOSE (1.888.726.5673) or visit the Visitor Information and Business Center (VIBC) located inside the McEnery San Jose Convention Center.
For added convenience, groups can also download the Literacy Classic Group Preferred Seating Ticket Order Form by visiting http://www.literacyclassic.org/tickets/group.html.
Individual ticket buyers (1-19 tickets) can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster or the San Jose State University athletics ticket office located at Seventh and Alma in San Jose.
Both individual travelers and groups who are interested in hotel accommodations can contact the San Jose Concierge for reservations. The San Jose Concierge can provide visitors information on what to do and where to go while staying in San Jose. For more information, contact the SJCVB at 1.888.SAN. JOSE.
For more information on events held during Literacy Week, visit Literacy Classic web page at http://www.literacyclassic.org.
About the Literacy Classic:
The Literacy Classic organizing committee is a non-profit entity which aims to raise literacy awareness and generate capital to fund regional programs that support literacy and academic achievement.
The 2003 Literacy Classic activities kick-off on August 18, 2003, with a week-long series of events promoting literacy and education. Literacy Week activities will feature a variety of events and special programs including team visits to Bay Area libraries and children's hospitals, readings with Bay Area youth, a gospel extravaganza, a Multi-Cultural Festival, a Kick-Off Carnival at the San Jose Historical Museum featuring the Grambling Drumline, and a post-game concert and dance.
Literacy Week culminates on August 23 with the inaugural Literacy Classic, currently the first college football game of the 2003 season. The game will feature the world-renowned Grambling Tiger Marching Band and be nationally televised on ESPN2.
For additional information, please call (888) SAN-JOSE or visit www.literacyclassic.org.