Howard University is expected to play before the largest crowd in its football history Saturday when it takes on Florida A&M at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
"The pregame sale is already 30,000," a Howard spokesperson said yesterday, "Indications are that we should get 40,000-50,000." The stadium sents 78,000.
The present attendance record for a Howard football game is the 34,823 that the Bison and Florida A&M drew to Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Philadelphia two seasons ago.
Saturday's game is considered a home game for Howard. Last season, the Bison averaged 13,000 at RFK Stadium with a game high of 21,000 for the homecoming contest against North Carolina A&-T.
With the opener at Giants Stadium, the Bison will have only four games at home, two at RFK and two at Howard Stadium.
The scheduling of Saturday's game in Giant's Stadium is in large part the work of Howard athletic director Leo Miles. There to officiate a National Football League game last year, stadium officials approached Milews with an interest in Howard and he took it from there.
The organization sponsoring the game is called 100 Black Men of New Jersey, a group of professional and businessmen, a number of whom are Howard graduates.
The game will raise funds for schoolarships for minority students in New Jersey.
Howard has chartered 50 buses to transport students to the game.
Muhammad Ali is scheduled for a boxing exhibition as part of the pregame show.