BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has announced a partnership with the City of Birmingham that will bring two of its high-profile championships back to the Magic City.
As a result of the agreement, the 2018 Toyota SWAC Football Championship and 2019 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament will return to Legion Field and Bill Harris Arena respectively.
“I’m grateful to Mayor Randall Woodfin and City of Birmingham on this renewed partnership to bring the SWAC football and basketball championships back to the Magic City,” Interim Commissioner Edgar Gantt said. “The city has made many improvements to its sports infrastructure here in Birmingham. This next year will play an important part as the SWAC prepares for its centennial celebration.”
Legion Field served as the initial site for the SWAC Football Championship from 1999 to 2012. It also hosts the annual Magic City Classic between Alabama State and Alabama A&M, which consistently ranks as the highest-attended HBCU football classic in the country.
Birmingham served as the home of the SWAC Basketball tournament during the mid-2000s, with Bill Harris Arena hosting the event as recently as 2009 before the tournament moved to what is now known as Legacy Arena for the following year. The Bill Harris Arena has hosted numerous state, conference and national championship events as well.
The SWAC Football Championship game will be held on Dec. 1, and the SWAC Basketball Tournament will take place March 13-16.