FRANKFORT, Ky– ESPN has announced this week that Kentucky State’s Circle City Classic football game with Central State will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3.

The game will be played at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., and can also be viewed using the WatchESPN app on any streaming or mobile device. The game is the fourth Kentucky State football game to be televised in recent history and the first since 2007. The Thorobreds appeared twice on ESPNU in games vs. Albany State in 2005 and Benedict in 2007. Additionally, Kentucky State appeared on CSTV in a game at Lane in 2007.

“I’m excited about the exposure Kentucky State will gain from this broadcast on ESPN,” said Kentucky State interim athletic director Harry Stinson. “One of our goals is to ensure our students are exposed to success and their successes are exposed. This is one of the platforms to expose the nation to the excellence that is at KSU from faculty and staff, to students and, of course, our great alumni.”

The announcement of broadcast rights comes following news in May that Kentucky State, Central State, and the Indiana Black Expo reached a three-year deal that will keep the schools’ annual rivalry game in Indianapolis through at least 2017. The schools first met on the gridiron in 1947 and have played 55 times. Though Central State holds a 35-19-1 edge in the series, the Thorobreds have won seven straight over the Marauders and defeated them 31-24 in last season’s Circle City Classic.

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually.  It is accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  The network is available to more than 99 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

To purchase tickets in the Kentucky State University block for the Circle City Classic, contact our box office at 502-597-6011.