Birmingham city leaders still planning for a springtime Magic City Classic

Plans for the Magic City Classic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham officials are looking to bring sports back to the city this year.

Southwestern Athletic Conference Commissioner, Dr. Charles McClelland, said they are still planning for the Magic City Classic this spring, but he said it won’t be a COVID-19 hotspot.

Dr. David Hicks with the Jefferson County Health Department said officials are working with the health department to establish safety guidelines and rules for inside the stadium and outside the stadium.

“I think this year when you are going into some events, it’s going to feel a little different,” Dr. Hicks said. “It is going to look a little different, but it is still going to be an enjoyable experience and not be a super spreader event. Just follow the rules.”

McClelland said it’s important to bring the game back in 2021 to help boost morale and help the economic impact in the city. But, he said the April event wont be as large as normal.

“If you want to see the Magic City Classic in the spring and if you want to come to the game in the fall and have the full robust Magic City Classic with the parades and the bands and the tailgating and the parties, then do four simple things,” Dr. McClelland said. “Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Stay socially distant and when your time comes to take the vaccination, take the vaccination.”

Alabama State and Alabama A&M will meet at Legion Field for their annual game on April 17th. It will mark the 79th Magic City Classic.

Copyright 2021 WBRC. All rights reserved.