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A few weeks ago it was announced by the city of Birmingham that there is a budget of $800,000 for the Annual 77th Magic City Classic. The event is the largest HBCU football game, between Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and Alabama State University (ASU) with an estimate of 100,000 people in attendance every year.
That means this year’s classic is going to be bigger than ever! So far the Magic City Classic has locked in Don Cheadle as the event’s ambassador and Gucci Mane as the post-game performer. However, there are a few things you must know in order to prepare for Birmingham’s biggest event.
1. Get Your Tickets Now
You need to get your tickets now! Not just for the football game, but for all classic-related events. Events for the Magic City Classic sell out fast, and if there are some tickets available the day of, more than likely the prices will increase massively. So, plan all the events you want to attend now, and purchase those tickets so you can be organized, prepared and ready to go!
2. Know Where You’re Going To Park
Trying to find parking at Legion Field for the Magic City Classic is impossible. Primarily because all parking around the stadium will be occupied by RVs for tailgaters. So if you know anyone who lives in the Smithfield area near the stadium, start coordinating with them now so you can get the hook up on free parking that’s in walking distance from the arena. However, if you can’t find anyone to hook you up, then you can take the free shuttles from either the Birmingham Crossplex, Sheraton Hotel or 7th Ave N & 23rd St N – Downtown.
3. Legion Field Policies
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to bring all your day-to-day necessities into Legion Field. Like most stadiums, there are rules that everyone has to follow or you’ll be stuck outside with the tailgaters (which is equally as fun as the game). There are only 4 kinds of bags allowed into the stadium: clear plastic bag that’s 12” x 6” x 12”, 1-gallon plastic freezer bag, clutch with shoulder strap and clutch with wrist strap. Clutches can’t be any larger than 4.5” x 6.5”.
4. Plan Your Outfit, And Include Flats
The Magic City Classic is one big fashion show that everyone participates in as they attend the game and other events. However, most Magic City Classic events are held outside. Over the years the weather has been as warm as 85 degrees to as low as 30 degrees. Make sure to plan your outfit according to the weather, but most importantly, wear some comfortable shoes. More than likely you will be doing a lot of walking throughout the day and you want to be comfortable so you can sustain through all of the events during game day!
5. Bring Extra Spending Money
There will be clothing and food vendors everywhere! It’s going to be tough to resist the smell of fried chicken, ribs, funnel cake and all of the cute t-shirts or greek apparel fits. I promise, carrying extra money will be one of the best decisions you make during the Magic City Classic. However, your best bet is to carry some cash because some of these vendors are not going to be able to take your credit cards.
You definitely don’t want to miss out on the biggest event in the city this year, the Magic City Classic! Follow this guide, and I’m sure you will have an eventful Classic!