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The Magic City Classic Celebrates 75 Years of Rich Culture and Tradition!

For 75 years a historic football matchup between Alabama A&M and Alabama State universities has taken center stage in Birmingham. This historic game is the longest continuous rivalry in the state of Alabama. History shows that the first game between the two schools was played in 1924. This uninterrupted, annual tradition first began in 1945 and has been played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama since 1946. The classic is noted for being the largest HBCU event in the nation, consistently attracting over a quarter of a million fans and participants resulting in economic impact revenue of nearly $20 million.

Entertainment is the name of the game with any Magic City Classic event and this week’s festivities of comedy shows, pep-rally’s, alumni gatherings and receptions and block parties flow into Saturday’s main event highlighting a near century old staple of traditions. Kicking off with an early morning parade, celebrity ambassador Grammy Award winning rap artist Ludacris will boast the true Magic City Classic team spirit followed by countless tailgating and later with standout performances by the Mighty Marching Hornets and Marching Maroon and White. This year’s celebrity appearances will be Rickey Smiley, Hip Hop star Young Joc, Singer and Actress Melba Moore, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and Radio Host Tom Joyner. District 6 Councilor Sheila Tyson says she couldn’t be more proud to see such a huge event taking place in her district. She along with some many others is counting down to see the long-awaited matchup between the Hornets and the Bulldogs.

“This is not just a huge game for all of the fans, but it’s really an experience that both residents and fans enjoy,” Councilor Tyson said. “Each year this game gets bigger and bigger, and this year we are celebrating 75 years of good ole-fashioned fun! This game is a huge economic factor for the City of Birmingham, and my colleagues and I are looking forward to welcoming all of the fans who converge on our great city for this historic game.”

For a complete of the festivities happening on Saturday click here!

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294