Officials on Thursday will officially announce that the inaugural Commemorative Classic football game is moving from Charlotte to Salisbury.

Initially slated for the Qcity, the Oct. 3 game between Johnson C. Smith University and Livingstone College was forced to find a new location after engineers discovered structural problems underneath Charlotte’s 20,000-seat Memorial Stadium. The new site, Livingstone’s Alumni Stadium, seats about 6,000.

The official announcement is expected Thursday at a 6 p.m. news conference at the Charlotte Chamber.

Organizers also will unveil a new Commemorative Classic Web site, sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce.

The Commemorative Classic was established to celebrate the birth of black college football 117 years ago, when Biddle Institute (now Johnson C. Smith) defeated Livingstone in the first game ever played between black schools.

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