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Birmingham approves $590,000 in Magic City Classic expenses

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Football fans from all across the country will flock to Birmingham to see Alabama A&M take on Alabama State Oct. 26 in the Magic City Classic. Tens of thousands of fans are expected -- and the city stands to gain millions of dollars in tax revenue.

But before the big event kicks off, the Birmingham City Council had to view "fine-print details"  before approving thousands of taxpayer dollars for the event.

As part of the agreement to host the Magic City Classic, the city is responsible for paying each school $175,000.  More than $150,000 will go toward shuttle services, as well as $15,000 for ushers and $20,000 for 1,600 game day tickets, among other expenses. 

According to Council President Roderick Royal, there was an issue two years ago with entertainment funding. 

With the game just over two weeks way, the city still doesn't know who the entertainer is for the concert held during the big weekend -- and, who will be  responsible for paying for the artist.

"I went through this and added all these cost up and didn't see one dollar for an artist. Now who's singing for free," Royal asked.

"The radio station and the Bruno event team are working through that and we hope to know soon," Birmingham Chief of Staff Chuck Faush answered.

While the city council has approved the $590,000 for the event,  the mayor's office can spend the money any way it wants to --- as  long as it relates to the Magic City Classic event.


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