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Football fans stand up. For the first time, The Morehouse Tuskegee Classic will be played at Legion Field. How did this battle of the HBCUs start, and how did it land here? Keep reading to learn the history and how to get tickets.
Morehouse Tuskegee Classic history
On October 9th, athletes, students, alumni and fans from all over will flock to the Legion Field for one of the South’s most historic events. Back in 1902, The Classic began as entertainment for African American civilians and US Army soldiers in the Columbus-Fort Benning, GA and Phenix City, AL areas. It is now the oldest rivalry in HBCU and NCAA Division II history.
Now, in addition to entertaining loyal fans, The Classic also raises scholarship funds for college students. For years, the game had been played in Columbus, GA but the City of Birmingham worked hard to bring it here for the next three years.
A week of events
Did you think The Classic was just a game? Wrong. The weekend of fun and football starts Thursday with a variety of events leading up to the big game.
- Thursday, October 7
- Alumni and friends social hour: The official welcoming of alumni and friends at Cassanova Bar and Lounge. 4PM
- Friday, October 8
- Food truck Friday: Birmingham’s top food trucks and vendors will meet at Birmingham City Hall. 11AM
- A Classic Soirée: A night of fun, festivities and live entertainment for alumni and fans at the Birmingham Museum of Art. 8PM
- Saturday, October 9
How to get a free ticket
Tickets can be bought online or at the Legion Field ticket office. You can stop by Wednesday-Friday from 9 AM- 3 PM. Be sure to check out VIP tickets which feature field-level seating and free food and beverages.
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