Additionally, plans are being formulated to create a community event on the night of Oct. 3, the date of the national release.
"We're elated the studio has chosen Syracuse to host the premiere," said Syracuse University Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross. "We intend to embrace this extraordinary moment to honor the legacy of Ernie Davis and provide a unique, star-studded showcase to launch this extraordinary film.
"Ernie is the most endearing icon we have in a storied football program so rich in talent and tradition. It's truly fitting that his life story will be immortalized on film."
"I'm overjoyed that 'The Express' will have its premiere in Syracuse," said director Gary Fleder.
"Our last day of filming took place on the SU campus, and I can say without a doubt that it was the most emotional of our schedule.
"Being there brought into focus why celebrating Ernie was significant. It mattered to the folks who knew him, and it will mean something to the millions who will get to know Ernie after the film opens in October."
"Ernie Davis is a true American hero," said SU chancellor Nancy Cantor. "While his legacy is not as well known, he played an important role in shaping the American conscience, just as Jackie Robinson did. Thanks to 'The Express,' Ernie's legacy and inspirational life story will find the audience and appreciation it deserves."
In addition to the events of Friday evening, several special activities are scheduled in association with the premiere.
Ron Meyer, President and COO of Universal Pictures, Director Fleder and others yet to be announced will conduct master class workshops with SU students earlier in the day on Friday. And they, along with cast members Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown, SU football greats Jim Brown and Floyd Little, and members of the 1959 national championship team, will take