Magic City Classic
The Magic City Classic is an annual American football "classic" that features Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University, the two largest historically black universities in the state. It is played at Legion Field in Birmingham (nicknamed the "Magic City"). The classic has become the highest attended Division I FCS (formerly Division I-AA) game in the nation and the largest event in Birmingham carrying a $24.3 million economic impact. The stadium attendance averages over 60,000 annually.
|First meeting||October 31, 1924|
Alabama State 30, Alabama A&M 0
|Latest meeting||October 27, 2019|
Alabama A&M 43, Alabama State 413OT
|Next meeting||October 31, 2020|
|Trophy||Magic City Classic Trophy|
|All-time series||Alabama A&M leads, 42–39–3|
|Largest victory||Alabama State, 56–0 (1931)|
|Current win streak||Alabama A&M, 2 (2018–present)|
|Locations of Alabama A&M and Alabama State|
The first game between the two schools was played in 1924. It has been an uninterrupted, annual tradition since 1945 and has been played at Legion Field since 1946. Come 2021, the event may move to the new Protective Stadium.
Many festivities are held in conjunction with the game, including a pep rally, comedy show, scholarship breakfast, concert/festival, soirees, tailgating, block parties, alumni gatherings, 2-hour parade, and a popular "Battle of the Bands" between ASU's Mighty Marching Hornets and AAMU's Maroon and White Marching Band. Festivities begin the week of Saturday's game.
In recent years, the classic has attracted numerous African-American celebrities, public figures, and elected officials to Birmingham.
|Alabama A&M victories||Alabama State victories||Tie games||Forfeit|
- "Inside Dish, Saturday, December 13, 2008". Sporting News Today. Retrieved 2009-09-21.