BIRMINGHAM, AL — One of the state’s time-honored football traditions will take place after all, as the previously cancelled Magic City Classic between Alabama State and Alabama A&M has officially been rescheduled to April 17, 2021.
Originally scheduled for October 31, 2020, the McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola, is played annually between Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University at Legion Field. The game brings an estimated economic impact of $22.7 million to the City of Birmingham annually and has an average attendance of more than 65,000 fans.
“We are excited for a one of a kind, spring McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola,” Executive Director Perren King said. “The new date of April 17, 2021, will provide the SWAC, Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, the City of Birmingham, and our partners, a unique opportunity to participate in two classics in one eventful year.”
The SWAC football season will officially kick off the weekend of February 27, 2021, with five league games set to be played.
“Collectively as a conference, we look forward to continuing on the path to a safe return to competition that we know all of our student-athletes, team staff, institutional administrators and supporters would like to see in the coming months,” SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland said. “This schedule allows the needed flexibility for any additional adjustments that will need to be made once the NCAA releases its revised spring calendar. Clearly our plans in regards to the safe return to competition within our league will ultimately be dictated by the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the respective regions of our member institutions.”