Final preparations are underway at Legion Field for the 2016 Magic City Classic. Kickoff isn't until Saturday afternoon, but the party's already started in Birmingham for the 75th anniversary of the game.
Whether you're buzzing for the Alabama State Hornets or barking for the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, this weekend's events promise a good time for both schools and their fans.
Fans from both schools are picking up their t-shirts and memorabilia before the big game tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/uSKVtoY25T— Allen Henry (@AllenHenry) October 28, 2016
"It ain't just about the football game. A lot of people talk about the band, the halftime show. All of that," said Calvin McGraw, an ASU alumni. "Just fans from all over the country, they come here to this state to witness this game here."
"You can lose every game of the season and if you win Magic City Classic, then you have had a successful season," explained Alabama A&M alumi David Hood. "So it's all or nothing for both institutions."
And with this being a milestone 75th anniversary, fans are making sure this Magic City Classic is as magical as it can be. RVs are stocked with food, and fans are lining up outside of the numerous tents selling apparel featuring both schools and their mascots.
And of course - there's plenty of food for everyone and then some here at Legion Field! pic.twitter.com/pYLFFwwaJA— Allen Henry (@AllenHenry) October 28, 2016
The Magic City Classic kicks off at 3 pm Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 3. Currently, Alabama A&M leads the series 39-37-3.
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