2023 Cactus Jack HBCU Classic


The Cactus Jack HBCU Classic is set to make its debut at Minute Maid Park Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19, 2023. The Classic will be the first of its kind held in Houston since the Astros hosted the MLB Urban Invitational that exclusively featured Historically Black Colleges and Universities back in 2013.

The inaugural nine-game tournament will feature Houston-area Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern University, and four schools from neighboring Louisiana and Mississippi – Southern University, Grambling State, Jackson State, and Mississippi Valley State University.

2,500 fans each day will receive an exclusive Travis Scott Bobblehead presented by Cactus Jack Foundation.

While the Minute Maid Park roof protects from rain and excessive heat, the ballpark gets cold in the winter months. When planning your day, be sure to dress as if you are watching these games outdoors.

Tournament Schedule & Tickets

General admission tickets are available for each day of the tournament for $10 each and are good for the full day. Parking will be available for purchase as well. Please note, tickets will be accessible in the MLB Ballpark app and there is no re-entry.

Day 1

Friday, February 17, 2023

Game 1 - 11:00 AM
Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State University

Game 2 - 3:00 PM
Texas Southern University vs. Mississippi Valley State University

Game 3 - 7:00 PM
Southern University vs. Jackson State University

Day 2

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Game 1 - 11:00 AM
Mississippi Valley State University vs. Jackson State University

Game 2 - 3:00 PM
Southern University vs. Grambling State University

Game 3 - 7:00 PM
Prairie View A&M vs. Texas Southern University

Day 3

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Game 1 - 11:00 AM
Grambling State University vs. Mississippi Valley State University

Game 2 - 3:00 PM
Jackson State University vs. Prairie View A&M

Game 3 - 7:00 PM
Texas Southern University vs. Southern University

Home teams are listed second

3-Day Packages

Purchase a ticket package for access to all nine games over the course of the three days.

Other Activities

As part of the Cactus Jack HBCU Classic, the Astros Foundation will be hosting several additional events including a college fair and a gospel breakfast.

College Fair – Saturday, February 18
The Astros Foundation and Youth Academy College Fair is set to take place at Minute Maid Park from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, February 18, 2023. The college fair is free for high school students in 9th to 12th grade and their parents and will feature over 100 colleges, universities, and military recruiters. Each participating student will receive a ticket to attend the tournament on the day of the event. Registration is required so sign your student up today!

Paula Harris HBCU Classic 'Old School' Party – Saturday, February 18
Party with a purpose...come out to an ‘Old School’ Party hosted by Astros Senior Vice President Paula Harris on Saturday, February 18th at 7:00pm in the Gallagher Club at Minute Maid Park. The party will include live entertainment, old school music, hors d’oeuvres, a special celebration and more! All proceeds go to the Astros Foundation. Tickets are $100.00 per person and include admission to all Saturday HBCU Classic games. Be sure to get your tickets today!

Gospel Breakfast – Sunday, February 19
Join the Astros Foundation on Sunday, February 19th for the 2023 HBCU Classic Gospel Breakfast. Tickets are $25.00 per person and include admission to all HBCU Classic Sunday games at Minute Maid Park.

Come enjoy a wonderful Sunday morning of food, gospel music and entertainment featuring gospel comedian, Marcus D. Wiley – get your tickets today!

The Breakfast will take place in the Phillips 66 Diamond Club. Patrons with HBCU Gospel Breakfast tickets may enter the ballpark through the Home Plate/Premium entrance. Event time is 9:00 – 10:30am.

Sponsorship/Suite Package

To learn more about company sponsorships or to reserve a suite on our renovated Bank of America Suite Level please download this form and return the completed form to the Astros Foundation at [email protected]. For more information call 832-710-5093.

Become a Vendor

The Astros Foundation is looking for vendors for the 2023 Cactus Jack HBCU Classic. Two booth sizes are available and each includes set-up for all nine games of the HBCU Classic. All booths will be located on the Main Concourse of Minute Maid Park.

Booth options:
• 10’x10’ Vendor Booth – One (1) 6-foot table with black linen and two (2) banquet chairs - $500.00
• 10’x20’ Vender Booth – Two (2) 6-foot tables with black linen and four (4) banquet chairs - $700.00

To purchase a booth, please download this form and return the completed form to the Astros Foundation at [email protected].

Cactus Jack Foundation

The Cactus Jack Foundation mission is to empower and enrich the lives of youth by providing access to education and creative resources to ensure long term success. The foundation believes the youth should not be prevented from attaining their lifetime goal and is committed to extending educational opportunities to all, regardless of their circumstances to achieve their dreams.