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New Stadium in Downtown Birmingham Takes a Step Forward
http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index....iver_index

The County Commission today unanimously approved appropriating $30M towards the new stadium to be built downtown next to the BJCC (where the CUSA tournament was). This is the first piece of the financial puzzle.

The City of Birmingham is expected to contribute $90M with the rest coming from the BJCC, UAB's lease, and corporate partners.

Not totally a done deal, but the county commissioner that's leading the charge said he expects all financial commitments to be finalized within 60-90 days and to be breaking ground by the end of the year. Construction is expected to take ~2 years with the goal of opening for the 2020 UAB football season.

Stadium would be $174M with 45k permanent seats with the ability to add 10k temporary seats if necessary. Part of the plan also includes spending $123M to renovate the BJCC's Legacy Arena, Concert Hall, and existing convention space.

Exciting stuff!
01-11-2018 02:09 PM
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Congrats Blazers. Certainly a huge step in the right direction. Good luck!
01-11-2018 02:11 PM
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Congrats, Blazers! There's a lot of jealous ODU fans right now with this news.
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Question: Will this increase your attendance or will it decrease it? (true question; not trolling)

Another question: And how far is downtown from the main campus? Will it hurt student attendance? How is the public transportation system there? (Sorry I haven't been to UAB area)
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(01-11-2018 02:09 PM)hooverblazer Wrote:  http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index....iver_index

The County Commission today unanimously approved appropriating $30M towards the new stadium to be built downtown next to the BJCC (where the CUSA tournament was). This is the first piece of the financial puzzle.

The City of Birmingham is expected to contribute $90M with the rest coming from the BJCC, UAB's lease, and corporate partners.

Not totally a done deal, but the county commissioner that's leading the charge said he expects all financial commitments to be finalized within 60-90 days and to be breaking ground by the end of the year. Construction is expected to take ~2 years with the goal of opening for the 2020 UAB football season.

Stadium would be $174M with 45k permanent seats with the ability to add 10k temporary seats if necessary. Part of the plan also includes spending $123M to renovate the BJCC's Legacy Arena, Concert Hall, and existing convention space.

Exciting stuff!


Not to be negative, but an on campus stadium is what you need.
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(01-11-2018 03:02 PM)xxxoduxxx Wrote:  Question: Will this increase your attendance or will it decrease it? (true question; not trolling)

Another question: And how far is downtown from the main campus? Will it hurt student attendance? How is the public transportation system there? (Sorry I haven't been to UAB area)

The campus is on the south end of downtown and this stadium would be on the north end of downtown. It's about a mile and a half from campus (same as Legion Field), but in a much better area. Instead of being off-campus in a terrible neighborhood it'll be off-campus but surrounded by hotels, restaurants/bars, Topgolf, Legacy Arena, etc.

I would think both student attendance and general attendance would be much better at the new stadium given it's better location, newness vs decrepit Legion Field, and things to do around the stadium.

Public transit isn't great, but UAB has it's campus bus system that we use to get people to games. It picks up students from the dorms and there's a big UAB parking lot the general public can use for gamedays and ride the UAB shuttle to the stadium.
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(01-11-2018 03:14 PM)SouthernMiss3613 Wrote:  
(01-11-2018 02:09 PM)hooverblazer Wrote:  http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index....iver_index

The County Commission today unanimously approved appropriating $30M towards the new stadium to be built downtown next to the BJCC (where the CUSA tournament was). This is the first piece of the financial puzzle.

The City of Birmingham is expected to contribute $90M with the rest coming from the BJCC, UAB's lease, and corporate partners.

Not totally a done deal, but the county commissioner that's leading the charge said he expects all financial commitments to be finalized within 60-90 days and to be breaking ground by the end of the year. Construction is expected to take ~2 years with the goal of opening for the 2020 UAB football season.

Stadium would be $174M with 45k permanent seats with the ability to add 10k temporary seats if necessary. Part of the plan also includes spending $123M to renovate the BJCC's Legacy Arena, Concert Hall, and existing convention space.

Exciting stuff!


Not to be negative, but an on campus stadium is what you need.

Any UAB fan would prefer that, but it's just not in the cards. The UA BOT won't authorize us spending any money on that. They won't let us issue a bond for construction and instead would require 100% of the money being in hand before construction started. So we'll get an on campus stadium as soon as one of us wins the lottery and can stroke a $150M check all at one time.
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(01-11-2018 03:02 PM)xxxoduxxx Wrote:  Question: Will this increase your attendance or will it decrease it? (true question; not trolling)

Another question: And how far is downtown from the main campus? Will it hurt student attendance? How is the public transportation system there? (Sorry I haven't been to UAB area)

Exactly what I was thinking. Good questions.
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(01-11-2018 03:18 PM)hooverblazer Wrote:  
(01-11-2018 03:02 PM)xxxoduxxx Wrote:  Question: Will this increase your attendance or will it decrease it? (true question; not trolling)

Another question: And how far is downtown from the main campus? Will it hurt student attendance? How is the public transportation system there? (Sorry I haven't been to UAB area)

The campus is on the south end of downtown and this stadium would be on the north end of downtown. It's about a mile and a half from campus (same as Legion Field), but in a much better area. Instead of being off-campus in a terrible neighborhood it'll be off-campus but surrounded by hotels, restaurants/bars, Topgolf, Legacy Arena, etc.

I would think both student attendance and general attendance would be much better at the new stadium given it's better location, newness vs decrepit Legion Field, and things to do around the stadium.

Public transit isn't great, but UAB has it's campus bus system that we use to get people to games. It picks up students from the dorms and there's a big UAB parking lot the general public can use for gamedays and ride the UAB shuttle to the stadium.

Thank you for your answer. 04-bow


IMO it's like ODU having a stadium in downtown. The only prob is that our Hampton Roads Transportation(HRT) system sucks just like yours. By car you could take a 3-minute ride to downtown. But by bus it takes 40 min to 1hr including waiting time.

There could be a decline in student attendance from what I see.
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(01-11-2018 11:08 PM)xxxoduxxx Wrote:  
(01-11-2018 03:18 PM)hooverblazer Wrote:  
(01-11-2018 03:02 PM)xxxoduxxx Wrote:  Question: Will this increase your attendance or will it decrease it? (true question; not trolling)

Another question: And how far is downtown from the main campus? Will it hurt student attendance? How is the public transportation system there? (Sorry I haven't been to UAB area)

The campus is on the south end of downtown and this stadium would be on the north end of downtown. It's about a mile and a half from campus (same as Legion Field), but in a much better area. Instead of being off-campus in a terrible neighborhood it'll be off-campus but surrounded by hotels, restaurants/bars, Topgolf, Legacy Arena, etc.

I would think both student attendance and general attendance would be much better at the new stadium given it's better location, newness vs decrepit Legion Field, and things to do around the stadium.

Public transit isn't great, but UAB has it's campus bus system that we use to get people to games. It picks up students from the dorms and there's a big UAB parking lot the general public can use for gamedays and ride the UAB shuttle to the stadium.

Thank you for your answer.


IMO it's like ODU having a stadium in downtown. The only prob is that our Hampton Roads Transportation(HRT) system sucks just like yours. By car you could take a 3-minute ride to downtown. But by bus it takes 40 min to 1hr including waiting time.

There could be a decline in student attendance from what I see.
Eh honestly I doubt it. I'd think students would be a lot more inclined to come to the BJCC than the area surrounding Legion Field. The BJCC has much better perception than the other

I can only imagine attendance would increase across the board

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