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Samford and Alabama Mens Basketball to Play in the First Chick-fil-A Birmingham Classic

The Chick-fil-A Birmingham Classic will feature a match-up between home team, Samford and Alabama men’s basketball on Wednesday, December 18th at Legacy Arena at the BJCC. 
Samford University and The University of Alabama men’s basketball team will play in their first appearance of the Chick-fil-A Birmingham Classic. The game will be played on December 18th in the Legacy Arena at the BJCC. Tickets will go on sale November 1st and will be available through Ticketmaster and at the BJCC box office. Game times will be set in the coming weeks. 
The event will host Samford and Alabama, but will also feature the Chick-fil-A Birmingham High School Showcase, presented by Metro by T-Mobile on December 17th that will include Oak Mountain, Huffman, Pinson Valley and Wenonah.   “It’s always a great pleasure to have an opportunity to play a program with great prestige like Alabama,” said Samford University Head Coach Scott Padgett. “To be able to play them in our city is special anytime.” 
The Chick-fil-A Classic is hosted by Knight Eady, a Birmingham-based sports marketing and event management firm. Knight Eady, in partnership with Chick-fil-A Birmingham, is excited to bring this event to the city of Birmingham. “We are certainly excited to be a part of the Chick-fil-A Birmingham Classic,” said University of Alabama Head Coach Nate Oats. “We enjoy the privilege we have of taking our program around the state to play games. Some of our most dedicated fans live in the city of Birmingham, so it is something that was a natural fit. It will be exciting for our fans, our program and the city of Birmingham. We are really looking forward to this game, as well as our continued partnership with the Knight Eady group.” 
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Founded in 2013, Knight Eady is a full-service sports marketing and event management agency located in Birmingham, Alabama. Knight Eady believes in the power of sports and works with brands to implement innovative solutions to the challenges they face, leaving an impact that lasts beyond the moment. This is accomplished by delivering quality, consistent, cost-efficient and creative services while applying ethical principles that radically exceed expectations. For more information on Knight Eady, please visit 

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