Magic City Classic parking and security info

The Birmingham Police Department issued this press release on Thursday to inform about parking and security issues at the Magic City Classic:

The Birmingham Police Department reports today that due to the anticipation of high fan turnout, it is suggested that everyone make preparations to arrive at the stadium as early as possible.   If possible, tickets should be purchased in advance to help alleviate congestion.  There will be limited parking at the stadium during the game.  Starting at 9 a.m. on October 31st, vehicular traffic is prohibited inside the perimeter without the proper permit.  It is strongly recommended that fans take advantage of the FREE shuttle system this year.  Fans can enjoy a FREE shuttle ride to and from Legion Field from one of the following three locations:

ALABAMA STATE FAIRGROUND
2331 Bessemer Road
9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
15 minute estimated shuttle ride

SHERATON HOTEL - BJCC COMPLEX
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard
12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
10 minute estimated shuttle ride

7th AVENUE NORTH & 23rd STREET NORTH - DOWNTOWN
12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
10 minute estimated shuttle ride

PARKING AND TRAFFIC CONCERNS

- All parking gates will be open.
- If the traffic becomes congested near the stadium, please find the first available parking in the neighborhood.  We strongly suggest that fans use the FREE shuttle service.
- Message boards will be set up displaying when the stadium is full.
- Police Officers will be assigned to all major intersections within a half mile radius of the stadium and in some cases farther.
- There will be continuous police patrols in the area before, during and after the game.

ENTERING THE STADIUM

- You cannot bring camcorders or zoom lenses for cameras unless you have a media pass.   You also can not bring coolers, umbrellas, hand-held radios/boom boxes, food, drinks or weapons of any kind into the stadium.
- Large bags are subject to search.
- Fans can expect a longer wait in line due to the added safety precautions.

The Birmingham Police Department would like to let the citizens, fans and supporters know that their safety and security is paramount.