The annual Capital City Classic football game against rivals Alcorn State University and my alma mater, Jackson State University is the most attended annual sporting event in Jackson.
Unfortunately for some, the Classic will no longer be held in Jackson – unless the city comes up with better numbers.
During a community forum at Koinonia Coffee House on July 6, Alcorn State President Christopher Brown is not budging on his decision to rightfully hold the Classic in Lorman. Brown feels that it is not fair that the Alcorn State student body misses the rivalry experience that Jackson State students get to enjoy year after year.
For the past 19 seasons, the Capital City Classic has been a highly anticipated event for both universities. The average attendance of the event has been over 30,000 each year since 2002. Last year, the Classic attracted about 31, 500 people and made a $2.5 million economic impact.
The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau offered to pay Alcorn up to $160K to keep the Classic in Jackson, but Brown argues that the JCVB would never offer that amount to a SEC school and because Jackson makes between $2-3 million from the match, both schools should share part of the profit.