Press Releases

Introducing New Traditions At the Nation’s Largest HBCU Football Classic

Press Release                                                                              Monday, October 19, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369 Festival

BIRMINGHAM, AL – For the past few decades, it has been a long standing tradition for fans to gather together during the last week of October at Legion Field to enjoy a highly recognized rivalry game, amazing half-time performance, and tailgate experience. This tradition also includes people seeing old friends and making new friends while celebrating the largest HBCU classic in the nation. However, this year will be different! The Birmingham City Council is adding “giving back” to that tradition.

“The Magic City Classic offers a lot to our city through tourism, hotel lodging, restaurant services, entertainment venues and quality shopping experiences. However, during this time, the City of Birmingham has the unique opportunity to encourage neighbors and visitors to give back to people in need and help to affect change in our community,” said Council President Johnathan Austin.

On Wednesday, October 28th and Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Legion Field Stadium from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (behind Tabernacle Baptist Church on Center Street West), the City Council is asking the public to bring new and gently worn coats, gloves, hats, etc. along with non-perishable food items. These donations will be delivered on Friday, October 29th to local organizations that serve battered women and their children, as well as shelters that serve homeless men, women and families. The food items will be given to community food banks.

In conjunction with the clothing and food drive, the City Council is presenting the Magic City Classic Celebration Festival. This exciting event features educational exhibits, health and wellness vendors, voter registration and music.  Sponsors of the Magic City Classic Celebration Festival are: REV Birmingham, Birmingham Park and Recreation Board and members of the Birmingham City Council.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  In compliance with ADA laws, accommodations have been made for physically challenged patrons. However, ADA seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Clothing and Food Drive/Available Drop-Off Times

Dates: Wednesday, October 28th

Thursday, October 29th

Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Legion Field Stadium

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Officer Brittany Sharp at (205) 721–5369 or