BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - The Monday morning rush hour was in full effect, but it wasn’t people trying to get to work. Rather, many were waiting to get in line for a tailgate spot at this year’s Magic City Classic.
“We’re jockeying for space out there, trying to get the best spot,” tailgater Mike Williams said.
Williams and his sidekick, DeWayne, were among dozens who parked their vehicle early over the weekend to get a spot in line – a spot to park their vehicle inside the gate.
However, this time it comes with a cost.
Tailgaters who want to be first in line to grab a spot paid $210 Monday. Those who show up Tuesday will pay the early bird special of $175. General admission for Wednesday is $140. The earlier people arrive, the better their options.
It’s not all about rushing to get a good tailgate spot, though. Some people will say they need the extra days just to mingle and socialize with friends. Many have been looking forward to it all year.
“The good thing about this: you get to enjoy the whole weekend, all week long,” said Tyrone Coleman.
Hundreds of people will spend the entire week outside of Legion Field, setting up shop, grilling and meeting new people.
One thing is for sure – it’s always clear who’s pulling for the Alabama State Hornets and who’s pulling for the Alabama A&M Bulldogs.
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