Magic City Classic

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Magic City Classic
Teams
First meeting October 31, 1924
Alabama State 30 , Alabama A&M 0
Latest meeting October 28, 2017
Alabama State 21, Alabama A&M 16
Next meeting October 27, 2018
Stadiums Legion Field
Trophy Magic City Classic Trophy
Statistics
Meetings total 81
All-time series Alabama A&M leads, 40–38–3
Current win streak Alabama State, 1
Magic City Classic is located in Alabama
Alabama State University
Alabama State University
Alabama A&M University
Alabama A&M University
Birmingham
Birmingham
Locations in Alabama

The Magic City Classic is an annual American football "classic" which 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.[1]l[2]

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 in Birmingham, Alabama since 1946.

The classic is noted for being the largest HBCU event in the nation attracting nearly 200,000 participants.[3] The Alabama A&M Bulldogs lead the series with a record of 40-38-3 all-time (as of 2017).

Other activities[edit]

Many festivities are held in conjunction with the game which includes 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.

History[edit]

Alabama A&M victoriesAlabama State victoriesTie games
No.DateWinnerScore
1 1924 Alabama State 30–0
2 1925 Alabama State 7–0
3 1929 Alabama State 32–0
4 1931 Alabama State 56–0
5 1932 Alabama State 18–0
6 1940 Alabama State 24–6
7 1941 Alabama State 21–13
8 1942 Alabama A&M 20–6
9 1945 Alabama State 20–7
10 1946 Alabama State 15–14
11 1947 Alabama State 12–6
12 1948 Alabama A&M 14–8
13 1949 Tie13–13
14 1950 Alabama State 16–12
15 1951 Alabama A&M 27–6
16 1952 Alabama A&M 38–13
17 1953 Alabama A&M 13–7
18 1954 Alabama State 23–7
19 1955 Alabama A&M 13–6
20 1956 Tie0–0
21 1957 Alabama State 13–7
22 1958 Alabama State 20–8
23 1959 Alabama State 22–0
24 1960 Alabama A&M 22–20
25 1961 Alabama A&M 32–12
26 1962 Alabama A&M 54–6
27 1963 Alabama A&M 32–14
28 1964 Alabama A&M 30–0
29 1965 Alabama A&M 34–0
30 1966 Alabama A&M 36–19
31 1967 Alabama State 13–7
32 1968 Alabama State 27–21
33 1969 Alabama State 26–6
34 1970 Alabama A&M 26–18
35 1971 Alabama State 12–6
36 1972 Alabama A&M 8–7
37 1973 Alabama A&M 10–7
38 1974 Alabama A&M 14–7
39 1975 Alabama A&M 29–22
40 1976 Alabama A&M 17–15
41 1977 Alabama State 14–7
42 1978 Alabama A&M 22–7
No.DateWinnerScore
43 1979 Alabama State 17–14
44 1980 Alabama State 20–17
45 1981 Alabama A&M 13–3
46 1982 Tie13–13
47 1983 Alabama A&M 27–14
48 1984 Alabama A&M 28–12
49 1985 Alabama A&M 7–6
50 1986 Alabama A&M 20–10
51 1987 Alabama State 17–14
52 1988 Alabama State 7–0
53 1989 Alabama A&M 17–10
54 1990 Alabama State 24–20
55 1991 Alabama State 59–13
56 1992 Alabama State 14–11
57 1993 Alabama State 7–0
58 1994 Alabama State 26–0
59 1995 Alabama State 37–20
60 1996 Alabama A&M 20–3
61 1997 Alabama State 20–13
62 1998 Alabama State 34–28
63 1999 Alabama A&M 15–10
64 2000 Alabama A&M 34–27
65 2001† Alabama State† 35–0
66 2002 Alabama A&M 23–20
67 2003 Alabama A&M 20–17
68 2004 Alabama State 24–20
69 2005 Alabama A&M 31–28
70 2006 Alabama A&M 21–13
71 2007 Alabama A&M 13–9
72 2008 Alabama A&M 17–16
73 2009 Alabama A&M 21–7
74 2010 Alabama State 31–10
75 2011 Alabama A&M 20–19
76 2012 Alabama State 31–13
77 2013 Alabama State 31–7
78 2014 Alabama A&M 37–36
79 2015 Alabama State 35–20
80 2016 Alabama A&M 42–41
81 2017 Alabama State 21–16
Series: Alabama A&M leads 40–38–3
† Alabama State would later forfeit the 2001 game as
part of an NCAA penalty for violations committed.
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