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RE: BBJ: Birmingham leaders weigh $30 million Legion Field upgrade
I (and many others) would like UAB to have its own OCS, but I don't see that even being considered as long as the choice is to build either the MPF or the BJCC stadium - either of which would satisfy UAB's needs - or not to build either one. Being permanently consigned to the present Legion Field would probably reignite the movement for a OCS as the only alternative choice.

I continue to believe the MPF is what best fits the city's future needs for convention and sports events on a year round basis. The open air BJCC stadium would be a largely seasonal facility almost completely limited to only one or two kinds of sports events. UAB could happily use either one.
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12-03-2017 03:18 PM
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RE: BBJ: Birmingham leaders weigh $30 million Legion Field upgrade
The longer the discussion drags on, the more I think it benefits UAB's chances of getting an OCS. Success on the field and in the fundraising department is going to give us more power when it comes to the conversation.
12-03-2017 04:03 PM
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RE: BBJ: Birmingham leaders weigh $30 million Legion Field upgrade
(12-03-2017 04:03 PM)Blazer85 Wrote:  The longer the discussion drags on, the more I think it benefits UAB's chances of getting an OCS. Success on the field and in the fundraising department is going to give us more power when it comes to the conversation.

Woodfin has stated that there will be a decision soon on the city's choice of facilities. If he means what he said, we should know in early 2018 which way the city wants to go and will back with its money.

Even $30 million invested over years will not remove the deficiencies of Legion Field, but may indicate a lack of city confidence in the viability of either the MPF or the BJCC stadium projects. If that point is reached, UAB may decide the OCS should be built.
12-03-2017 05:27 PM
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RE: BBJ: Birmingham leaders weigh $30 million Legion Field upgrade
UAB doesn't get to decide whether the OCS should be built. The BoT decides if the OCS is allowed to be built.
12-03-2017 09:14 PM
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RE: BBJ: Birmingham leaders weigh $30 million Legion Field upgrade
Oh gosh! Stop beating around the bush. Thirty million dollars is ten percent of the cost of a new stadium, downtown, that would host a multitude of events and generate millions upon millions of dollars every year. Duh! HELLO? Is anyone there?
12-03-2017 10:53 PM
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(12-03-2017 09:14 PM)UAB Band Dad Wrote:  UAB doesn't get to decide whether the OCS should be built. The BoT decides if the OCS is allowed to be built.

First things first -- UAB must ask the BOT to permit it when it has decided it wants to build one. There are several "moving pieces in play" (Legion Field, MPF & BJCC) before that stage is reached. By the time the BOT is asked by UAB, it may be much easier to get agreement than in years past.
12-03-2017 11:00 PM
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RE: BBJ: Birmingham leaders weigh $30 million Legion Field upgrade
(12-03-2017 10:53 PM)TheGORILLA Wrote:  Oh gosh! Stop beating around the bush. Thirty million dollars is ten percent of the cost of a new stadium, downtown, that would host a multitude of events and generate millions upon millions of dollars every year. Duh! HELLO? Is anyone there?

You sound like 10% is really close to having the thing paid for. It's not.

I don't believe there will ever be a new stadium built. If that is the case, then by all means, drop 30 million into Legion Field, because without a new stadium, we're stuck with it.
12-03-2017 11:08 PM
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RE: BBJ: Birmingham leaders weigh $30 million Legion Field upgrade
(12-03-2017 05:27 PM)BAMANBLAZERFAN Wrote:  
(12-03-2017 04:03 PM)Blazer85 Wrote:  The longer the discussion drags on, the more I think it benefits UAB's chances of getting an OCS. Success on the field and in the fundraising department is going to give us more power when it comes to the conversation.

Woodfin has stated that there will be a decision soon on the city's choice of facilities. If he means what he said, we should know in early 2018 which way the city wants to go and will back with its money.

Even $30 million invested over years will not remove the deficiencies of Legion Field, but may indicate a lack of city confidence in the viability of either the MPF or the BJCC stadium projects. If that point is reached, UAB may decide the OCS should be built.

It may have more to do with Woodfin's promise to give more attention to neighborhoods. In this instance, keeping Legion Field viable for the neighborhood in which it resides. Lots of money (much of it as part of the "underground economy") is generated in the area during football games. With the public housing being torn down and replaced with mixed-use housing and part of the $30 million being used to "clean up" some of the surrounding area with the hope of investment in the area that fits in with his promise. I don't know that it will work, but... . I guess the question is, "Is it an either/or for Legion Field and the downtown stadium?".
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RE: BBJ: Birmingham leaders weigh $30 million Legion Field upgrade
(12-03-2017 11:08 PM)Memphis Blazer Wrote:  I don't believe there will ever be a new stadium built.

Once of the rare moments in history when I agree with you.

Edit: I also said the indoor facility would never happen, and I was happy to be proven wrong with that one.
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12-04-2017 01:40 AM
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RE: BBJ: Birmingham leaders weigh $30 million Legion Field upgrade
(12-04-2017 01:40 AM)thebernreuter Wrote:  
(12-03-2017 11:08 PM)Memphis Blazer Wrote:  I don't believe there will ever be a new stadium built.

Once of the rare moments in history when I agree with you.

Edit: I also said the indoor facility would never happen, and I was happy to be proven wrong with that one.
I agree, too. It is no wonder that Birmingham is forever stuck in a rut. Lack of government leadership, vision. As for Woodfin's suggestion of a thirty million dollar upgrade to Legion Field, "No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch would tear away from the garment, and a worse hole is made".
12-04-2017 08:32 AM
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