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Fans pack Legion Field for the Magic City Classic

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Thousands of people are packing the stadium and parking lots at Legion Field for the Magic City Classic - a football rivalry between Alabama A&M and Alabama State University. This day has been a tradition since 1924, and Saturday, fans arrived early. They didn't even seem to mind the chilly weather, they were ready for everything the Classic had to offer.

Bright and early, thousands descended on Legion Field for a 71 year tradition.

"I've been coming since 1965!" Clarene Johnson, an Alabama A&M fan said.

"You can't explain it," Johnny Logan, a former Alabama State player said. "It's just the camaraderie we have, the fellowship we have, it's awesome."

Not everyone came to watch the Hornets face off against the Bulldogs. Whether it was polish sausage, funnel cakes, and turkey legs...

"This what makes the Magic City Classic and this turkey leg - awesome," Darnell Childress, an Alabama A&M fan said. "Go A&M Bulldogs!"

...Fans fought the chilly temperatures.

"It never gets too cold or rainy," Johnson said. "I love being out in the elements, so regardless, I'll be here. I've got on several layers, I can't show you everything, but I've got several layers still in the car!" 

"My sister - she went to Alabama State and she told us about it," Marcia Heiskell, who traveled in from Cleveland, OH said. "This is my second year and it's a grand affair!"

The Classic holds a lifetime of memories for a group of former ASU football players.

"This is our 27th or 28th year coming straight, we played four years and we've been here ever since," Darryl Sinkfield, a former ASU football player said. "We got a 100% record!"

"We played ball with Alabama State," Logan said. "We come here every year to reunite with everybody."

"The Bulldogs are going to win the game again this year and I'm looking forward to that!" Linda Dorsey, an A&M fan said. "No, the Hornets!" an ASU fan shouted back. 

 

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