Thousands attend what could be final Capital City Classic - - Jackson, MS

Thousands attend what could be final Capital City Classic

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Alcorn and Jackson State fans converged on Veteran's Memorial Stadium Saturday for the annual Capital City Classic.

Thousands attended what may be the last football classic in Jackson.

Those who didn't fill up the stands tailgated around the stadium.

Fans set up tents and some began firing up the grills and cooking as early as 4:30 in the morning.

In May Alcorn's president announced that he favored returning the game to the each school's stadium instead of playing in Jackson.

"We just get together and have family and friends come back together and do everything. It's all about the classic. I hate that we're going to lose the classic," said Jackson State fan James Chapman of Jackson.

"We're all getting along. We actually went by the Jackson State Tigers tent. We had some food from there and we also went by the Alcorn Braves tent and we had fun," said Alcorn State fan Portia Holmes of Summitt .

"Anybody that's just from Alcorn or where ever when we're cooking or whatever with the tail gating, everybody's welcome to eat. We feed everyone," said Jackson resident and JSU fan Melvin Robertson.

"We just love being here. We do this every year. It's something we look forward to. I'd say (it's) about my 18th year," said Alcorn fan Tammy Lewis of McComb.

The inaugural Capital City Classic was held in 1993.

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