Why ASU Stadium is home to the former Hornet

Donald Calvin remembers his trainer Willie Parker predicting it would happen one day. A state-of-the-art stadium with all the trappings of a big programme.

On November 22, 2012, the prediction came true. ASU Stadium opened its doors, giving Alabama State football a home on campus for the first time in its history.

On Thursday, the Hornets will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the Turkey Day Classic, concluding their 10th season at the $62 million, 26,500-seat venue off Interstate 85.

Calvin, a Montgomery native, starred in the state of Alabama in the 1970s. He has remained a fan ever since, attending games for more than 40 years, from the time the Hornets played at the Cramton Bowl to when they moved into their new stadium. He will also be present on Thursday, but his presence goes much deeper.