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Fans flock to Memphis for Southern Heritage Classic

(WMC-TV) - Thousands of college football fans will head to Memphis this weekend for the Southern Heritage Classic.

Tennessee State University's Aristocrat of Bands joined the Action News 5 morning show Friday.  Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones said after 22 years, the game just gets bigger and better.

"Especially when we are going to go over a million people this year, so that's from meager beginnings to where we are now," said Jones.  "I'm very proud."

Each year, the Southern Heritage Classic brings TSU and Jackson State fans and alumni back to Memphis to fill the stands at the Liberty Bowl.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said the game could not come at a better time.

"Hotels are full, restaurants are full, so it's just a big boost in the arm," said Wharton.  "Particularly when we're in a down economy like this, it means so much."

Fans on Tiger Lane said it is not all about football, but also food, family and entertainment.

"Come with an appetite, 'cause people are going to be generous with the food, drinks," said tailgater Martin Archie.  "It's a nice place for the kids to come out."

This year, Shaquille O'Neal will present the All Star Comedy Jam featuring DeeRay Davis, Corey Holcomb and a host of other comedians.  There is also a concert featuring the O'Jays and Grammy nominated soul singer KEM.  This all leads up to the match up between the TSU Tigers and the Jackson State Tigers, as well as the battle of the bands.

For more information on the Southern Heritage Classic, click here.

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