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The Magic City hosting SWAC football and basketball championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Birmingham, Alabama is set to play host to two championship events over the next two years.

The SWAC, or Southwestern Athletic Conference has agreed to play the 2018 Toyota SWAC Football Championship and 2019 SWAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments in the Magic City.

“Birmingham is fully committed to the SWAC, its institutions, leadership, alumni, and student-athletes. As home of the SWAC headquarters, we are proud of the role Birmingham has played as the founding site of the SWAC football championship game and as a longtime destination for the SWAC basketball tournament. We look forward to again hosting SWAC fans­ for these premiere events,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said.

The 2018 Toyota SWAC Football Championship will be played on December 1 at Legion Field and the 2019 SWAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will take place in the Bill Harris Arena from March 13, 2019 - March 16, 2019.

 “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. “Birmingham is a city rich in sports tradition, particularly with SWAC football, and 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.”

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