‘Hornets seek revenge’ ahead of the 79th annual Magic City Classic

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Saturday, the state of Alabama will host three big sporting events: Alabama and Auburn’s A-Day games, as well as the Magic City Classic in Birmingham.

The Magic City Classic will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Legion Field. Tickets are limited with stadium capacity reduced to only around 1,500 tickets. All tailgating and band performances have been canceled due to safety restrictions.

Friday night festivities will be hosted by comedian and Birmingham native, Roy Woods Jr., and DJ Traci Steele, the Classic Kickoff presented by McDonald’s will be a fun start to the Magic City Classic weekend with music, entertainment, giveaways and the chance to try the new McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich through McDelivery on DoorDash.

A post-game DJ will be added to the Classic. To Perrin King, executive director of the Magic City Classic, it’s important that the public supports the game because of the assistance it provides to both Alabama A&M and Alabama State University.

Fans from 24 states or half of the continental United States have bought tickets to Saturday’s game. Organizers believe this will be a great opportunity for not only the schools involved, but the city of Birmingham as well.

The winner of the classic will represent the east in the Critic Wireless SWAC Championship in less than two weeks.

The Magic City Classic will be back in Birmingham on October 30 for the 80th annual football game, which had organizers excited to host the largest HBCU football game in the county twice in a single year.

For Friday’s Magic City Classic full press conference, click here.

Beginning at 1 p.m., the University of Alabama will host their annual A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be held at Bryant-Denny Stadium. University officials hope it will allow more people to participate that were unable to attend games during the 2020 football season.

Approximately 50,000 people will be able to attend the game with stadium capacity reduced to 50%. No tailgating will be allowed and the university also plans to celebrate the 2020 national championship victory.

While Alabama holds its A-Day game, Auburn University will host their annual A-Day game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It will be the first chance for Auburn football fans to see the team under new Head Coach Bryan Harsin.

Seating will be limited to 40% with approximately 32,000 people allowed to attend. Stadium seats will be distanced and facial coverings will be required when not seated.

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