The Magic City Classic turns 75

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From the parades, parties, and legendary tailgating to the action on the field, the Magic City Classic is much more than a game. In fact, it is the largest attended HBCU Football Classic in the nation, consistently drawing more than 65,000 fans. The game features Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University, and it’s the longest continuous rivalry in the state of Alabama.

While the game is almost always competitive and interesting, the activities that surround the Classic are probably the most fascinating aspect of what is regularly called a “classic” weekend.


Thursday, October 27
7 p.m.
Alumni Pep Rally – Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom

Cash bar, light hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment, along with team cheers and spirit! Purchase your ticket in advance as prices increase at the gate to $15. You do not have to be an alumnus to attend.

Saturday October 29
9 a.m.
Shuttles begin – Perimeter will close

10 a.m.
Coors Light Pre-Game Tailgate Party
Get your game day party started at the Coors Light Pre-Game Tailgate Party. Sponsors will be handing out all kinds of swag and multiple stages, and DJs will keep you entertained throughout the morning.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ford Tailgate Takeover
Located directly outside the band entrance on the east side of the stadium


3 p.m.
75th Annual McDonald’s Magic City Classic broadcast live on ESPN3- Legion Field
Will your alma mater earn the bragging rights this year? Come show your support as they battle it out on the gridiron.

Celebrity Ambassador TBA
Performance by Alabama A&M Marching Maroon and White Band and ASU Mighty Marching Hornets

Post-Game Concert at Legion Field: Artist TBA


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