Are you ready for some football? Magic City Classic, A-Day games on Sat. April 17

Magic City Classic
2019 Magic City Classic. Alabama A&M University Marching Band spelling out Cup Cake in memory of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Looking for a football fix? This Saturday, April 17th, football fans hit the trifecta with three springtime games including the annual McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola and the Alabama and Auburn A-Day games. Here are the details.

Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State University

The McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola is the largest historically black college and university (HBCU) football game in the country. Played annually at Legion Field, the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs take on their rival the Alabama State University Hornets.  

Because of COVID-19, this year the Classic Kickoff is going virtual.  

On Friday, April 16 at 7-8 p.m. watch a FREE hour of entertainment hosted by Roy Wood Jr with DJ Traci Steele.  Don’t miss your chance to try a FREE Crispy Chicken Sandwich and win a Mini iPad courtesy of McDonald’s as we raise funds for Alabama A&M and Alabama State.  The link to join will be available immediately prior to the start of the festivities and will be sent out via e-blast and posted on social media.

  • Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Central, Saturday, April 17th at Legion Field
  • TV: ESPNU is broadcasting the game
  • Number of Fans Allowed: 17,000  fans will be allowed in the stadium. Tickets are still available.

Alabama Crimson Tide

Bryant -Denny Stadium. Photo by Will Byington

This year’s A-Day game will not only feature the 2021 version of the Crimson Tide, it will honor during and after the game the 2020 National Championship team and Heisman winner DeVonta Smith. 

  • Kickoff: 12 p.m CT Saturday, April 17 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
  • TV: ESPN is broadcasting the game
  • Number of Fans Allowed: 50% capacity or a little over 50,000 fans. Facial coverings will be required for entry into the stadium and must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking.
  • How Much Are Tickets? Parking? Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 205-348-2262 or visiting Public, on-campus parking will be available for free starting at 8 a.m. 

Auburn Tigers

Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn University. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Auburn fans get to officially welcome new head coach Brian Harsin to Jordan-Hare Stadium. Last year, the team finished the season with a 6-5 record.

  • Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
  • TV: ESPN + Streaming 
  • Number of Fans Allowed:  This week, Auburn announced that the Saturday A-Day spring game attendance will be capped at 40 percent capacity, though some sections of seats will be off-limits due to ongoing maintenance projects. Reserved seats will be assigned in groups of two and four, and they’ll be physically distanced as to adhere to health and safety guidelines. All tickets will be delivered digitally.
  • How Much Are Tickets? $10. Purchase tickets – HERE

Fans are required to wear a mask when entering and exiting the stadium, as well as in public spaces, such as concourses, restrooms and concessions lines. Fans are encouraged to wear them when seated.

How are you spending this Saturday?

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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