October 31, 2012 – The Fort Valley State Wildcats and Albany State Golden Rams are gearing up to clash in a contest where the winner will advance to the a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship Game. The event is the 23rd Annual Fountain City Classic. Kickoff starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 inside the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium(on Victory Drive and Veterans Parkway) in Columbus, Ga. Bragging rights and pride are at stake: the winner will claim the East Division Championship and a trip to Atlanta’s Lakewood Stadium for the divisional championship on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The FCC is one of the largest events held at South Commons, drawing more than 40,000 fans. The game is expected to attract a sellout crowd of 15,000 fans inside the stadium to witness one of the biggest, bitterest and oldest rivalries in black college football. Another 28,000 fans will be gathering for the FCC tailgating parties.
While the fierce rivalry between the two team’s spans more than half a century, beginning in 1945; coordinators moved the game in 1990 to Columbus, a regional center, to attract more corporate support, recruit more students and make it a week full of classic activities. The overall series is 32-30-3 favoring FVSU, and the FCC series is 17-5-0 favoring ASU. ASU has won eight of the last nine outings between the two rivalries. ASU won last year. For the 2012 season, ASU record is at 6-3 overall (5-1SIAC), and FVSU is 7-2 overall(5-1 in SIAC play). FVSU and ASU are co-leaders of the East Division of the SIAC.
The game will be broadcast live via radio. Columbus-based radio station WOKS 1340-AM is providing live radio broadcast, along with Albany radio station WJIZ 98.1 FM and Fort Valley’s WFVS 104.3 FM.
“It makes great business sense to bring this gathering and game to Columbus,” said State Representative Calvin Smyre, Chairman of the Fountain City Classic, Inc. “There are a lot of alumni located in and around Columbus, and they are loyal football fans With the proceeds going to the schools, more funds can be generated from corporate sponsors and a larger crowd in attendance at a larger facility. It’s a win-win situation for the city of Columbus and both universities. Hotels and restaurants are full, and people are having a great weekend.
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