‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎Andre Dawson Classic



Location: Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla.

  • Annual round-robin collegiate baseball tournament designed by Major League Baseball to highlight Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and their baseball programs.
  • This year’s event will feature teams from the following HBCU’s: North Carolina A&T, Florida A&M, Southern University, Prairie View A&T, Grambling State University and Alabama State.

Recognized by the Higher Education Act of 1965, HBCUs have offered quality educational and athletic programs for African-American youth for more than a century. HBCUs have a proud baseball tradition, and have produced Hall of Famers such as Lou Brock (Southern University) and Andre Dawson (Florida A&M University).

The Urban Invitational was first launched in 2008 at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., and was hosted there until 2012 when the tournament relocated to Houston. The Houston Astros hosted the event at Minute Maid Park in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 and 2015 the tournament relocated to New Orleans, and those two years included participation by NCAA Division I programs LSU and University of New Orleans.

Since 2008, the year of the inaugural Invitational, more than 25 HBCU athletes who have played in the tournament have been selected in the MLB Draft.


DateTimeMatchupLocationGameday LinkBroadcast
Friday, Feb. 2312 p.m.Prairie View A&M 7, North Carolina A&T 5Holman StadiumGameday--
Friday, Feb. 234 p.m.Southern 7, Alabama State 1Holman Stadium (TV-MLBN)GamedayWatch
Friday, Feb. 237:30 p.m.Florida A&M 7, Grambling 6Holman Stadium (TV-MLBN)GamedayWatch
Saturday, Feb. 2412 p.m.North Carolina A&T 8, Southern 2Holman StadiumGamedayWatch
Saturday, Feb. 243:30 p.m.Prairie View A&M 5, Florida A&M 4Holman StadiumGamedayWatch
Saturday, Feb. 247 p.m.Alabama State 5, Grambling 4Holman StadiumGamedayWatch
Sunday, Feb. 2510 a.m.North Carolina A&T 14, Grambling 5Holman StadiumGamedayWatch
Sunday, Feb. 2511 a.m.Prairie View A&M 13, Alabama State 12Field Determination GamedayWatch
Sunday, Feb. 252 p.m.Florida A&M 16, Southern 1Holman StadiumGameday--

Home team listed second. Schedule is subject to change.


Ticket Sponsorship Opportunity for Businesses

  • $500 for 100 tickets.
  • Sponsorship will also give you a 15 second PA announcement and the option to set up a vendor table on the concourse during a game of their choosing.
  • Any additional tickets purchased will cost $5 each.
  • Contact Gabriella Bamford by Feb. 15 to reserve your sponsorship – email [email protected] or call 772-257-8540.

Group Ticket Packages

  • $6/ticket minimum purchase of 25 tickets required. Must be purchased at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Pre sale tickets

  • $7 adults
  • $5 kids ages 3-12
  • Kids 2 and under free

Day of game tickets

  • $8 adults
  • $5 kids ages 3-12
  • Kids 2 and under free

All Event Pass (3-Day Tournament)

  • $20 adults
  • $14 Kids ages 3-12
  • Kids 2 and under free

Ticket terms