Thousands packed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the 41st Annual Bayou Classic.
"I'm just happy to be off of work and down here. I've met a lot of my friends and alumni that I haven't seen in like 10 years," says Anderson Dye.
For the fans of Southern and Grambling State, it's what they've been waiting for.
"This is one of those big games where you can feel the energy. Southern's here, Grambling's here and people who don't even attend these universities are here," says D.J. Jubilee.
While bragging rights were on the line, both teams were also fighting for the final spot in the SWAC Conference Championship game.
From the trash talk on Poydras, to the fan fest in Champions Square, Bayou Classic fans couldn't get enough.
"You've got the most two historical black colleges in the country facing off in one of the greatest city of all time. There's no place but New Orleans. It's the capital of all parties," says D.J. Jubilee.
While so much was riding on this game, the city also expected record crowds which could mean record sales.
"This is a good year for us. Business is probably 10 times better than it was last year. When the teams are doing well, all of the fans come out to support them," says Tyrone Dunn.
The business community says the Bayou Classic has at least a 50-million dollar economic impact.
"We're doing all of the events actually, so it brings a lot of money to the city," says Lyndell Griffin.
The Bayou Classic game and all of its related events typically draws more than 200 thousand people to the city.
Southern stopped a late Grambling St. drive preserving a 52-45 win.