Tickets on Sale for the 75th Annual McDonald’s Magic City Classic

Special to The Times

Mayor William Bell during an announcement that McDonald’s has signed on as title sponsor of the Magic City Classic, the largest HBCU football game in the country. (Stephonia Taylor McLinn, Special to the Times)
Mayor William Bell during an announcement that McDonald’s has signed on as title sponsor of the Magic City Classic, the largest HBCU football game in the country. (Stephonia Taylor McLinn, Special to the Times)

The McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola announced Tuesday that tickets are now on sale for the 75th annual event which will take place at Legion Field on Saturday, Oct. 29 when Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University will battle it out for bragging rights.

The historical event will take place in exactly 75 days from Tuesday’s press announcement.

Additionally, McDonald’s has signed on as title sponsor of the largest HBCU football game in the country and will continue to be the title sponsor of the McDonald’s Magic City Classic parade.

“McDonald’s is proud to be the 2016 title sponsor of the McDonald’s Magic City Classic and proud to have partnered with the McDonald’s Magic City Classic Parade as the exclusive sponsor for more than 10 years now,” said Larry Thornton, Franchise Owner of McDonald’s. “The event has grown to become the largest HBCU Classic in the nation and McDonald’s and Coca-Cola as iconic brands are looking forward to uniting again and have already enjoyed an inseparable partnership for more than 50 years.”

This year’s parade will be broadcast live in Birmingham on WBRC Fox6 and Bounce TV as well as in Huntsville, Montgomery, Dothan and Mobile.

Reserved tickets are $35, while general admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at  www.themagiccityclassic.com. Pep rally tickets are also available for purchase for only $12, while supplies last. The official pep rally will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom at 7 p.m.

New this year is the 75th anniversary commemorative ticket available for $5. Souvenir tickets will be shipped after the game and will not provide access inside Legion Field.

“We are excited to kick off ticket sales 75 days out from the 75th annual event,” stated Carrie Coleman of Bruno Event Team. “We anticipate a lot of excitement over the next few months and we look forward to the continued partnership with McDonald’s as they sign on as title sponsor.”

The McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola brings fans and celebrities from around the country to watch as Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University compete for a potential spot in the SWAC Championship.

Fans can also enjoy the McDonald’s Magic City Classic Parade and the Coors Light Tailgate Party on Saturday morning.  Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, and the always-anticipated halftime show will feature the Marching Maroon and White Band and the Marching Hornets.

Also at halftime, both university presidents will honor this year’s celebrity ambassador, who will be announced at a later date.  Previous ambassadors include Anthony Anderson, Bell Biv DeVoe, Ice Cube, Bootsy Collins, LisaRaye, Sinbad, Wendy Williams, Charles Barkley and Vivica A. Fox to name a few.