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AL.com - Consultant will help determine the future of Legion Field
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“We need to have a plan for Legion Field after UAB moves into the downtown stadium in 2021 and how we can utilize these 100 acres (that comprise Legion Field and McLendon Park, which surrounds it),” Parker said. “We want to get our house in order so that in 2021 we have a lot of activity here. We don’t just need to talk about it, we need to have actionable options.”

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RE: AL.com - Consultant will help determine the future of Legion Field
Dismantle the north end zone, put that section up below the box at Protective...you know, so we'll have "more seats on the home side..."
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Consultants aren't paid to come in and say everything is fine.

They are paid to spend your money and to give you some backing on spending that money.

In this case, might as well light a fire and toss money into it.
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They getting that CARR company...if so it is coming down. lol
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RE: AL.com - Consultant will help determine the future of Legion Field
Legion Field is the only large sports facility that the city of B'ham owns and controls so it must find a use for it beyond UAB after 2021. Can it be enough to have the Bowl game and / or the MCC as main annual attractions?
Most old stadiums are torn down to be replaced by more modern facilities of similar capacity, but no such future is likely for Legion Field. If it is demolished, B'ham will have lost its only large capacity sports venue with no replacement for the foreseeable future. It would leave Crampton Bowl and Ladd as the only municipal stadiums in Alabama. Crampton was the venue of Samford's opening game on TV.
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I do worry about what’s going to happen to the employees working at Legion field.
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(09-06-2019 12:22 PM)BlazinBham Wrote:  I do worry about what’s going to happen to the employees working at Legion field.

No need to worry. They'll be working at this site:

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(09-06-2019 12:12 PM)BAMANBLAZERFAN Wrote:  Legion Field is the only large sports facility that the city of B'ham owns and controls so it must find a use for it beyond UAB after 2021. Can it be enough to have the Bowl game and / or the MCC as main annual attractions?
Most old stadiums are torn down to be replaced by more modern facilities of similar capacity, but no such future is likely for Legion Field. If it is demolished, B'ham will have lost its only large capacity sports venue with no replacement for the foreseeable future. It would leave Crampton Bowl and Ladd as the only municipal stadiums in Alabama. Crampton was the venue of Samford's opening game on TV.

Add to the fact that the need by high schools for it's use isn't there as much anymore.

The bowl game also will be removed from there at some point.
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(09-06-2019 12:12 PM)BAMANBLAZERFAN Wrote:  Legion Field is the only large sports facility that the city of B'ham owns and controls so it must find a use for it beyond UAB after 2021. Can it be enough to have the Bowl game and / or the MCC as main annual attractions?
Most old stadiums are torn down to be replaced by more modern facilities of similar capacity, but no such future is likely for Legion Field. If it is demolished, B'ham will have lost its only large capacity sports venue with no replacement for the foreseeable future. It would leave Crampton Bowl and Ladd as the only municipal stadiums in Alabama. Crampton was the venue of Samford's opening game on TV.

RFK stadium in Washington, DC sits largely empty, as the Redskins, Nationals and DC United all have their own venues now. It costs the city $3 million/year to maintain and I doubt the maintenance of Legion Field is much cheaper. DC has announced that they are tearing RFK down by the end of 2021, with no plans yet on how that land will be used.

Birmingham can't afford the ~$3M ego boost of just saying the city owns a historic stadium, which isn't nearly as significantly historic as Rickwood.

The best use for that land would be a park and mixed-use residential/retail development.
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I would guess it isn't quite $3 million to maintain but certainly at least $1 million and probably closer to $2 million.
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Tear it down then turn the land into a park & youth sports fields.
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The city should build an aquarium there. Put some beluga whales in it.
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(09-06-2019 02:13 PM)BatesUAB Wrote:  The city should build an aquarium there. Put some beluga whales in it.

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(09-06-2019 02:01 PM)hooverblazer Wrote:  Tear it down then turn the land into a park & youth sports fields.

I think this plus an honest to goodness supermarket would be the best use of the land to bring value to the community.
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I've got it- turn it into a prison. It's already got a fence around it. They could name it the "Langford-McNair-Buckelew-Scrushy-Seiglman-Blount-LaPierre-Robinson-McClain-Katopotis-Germany Correctional Institution for the Corrupt at Historic Legion Field."
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Have U2 play their, Have a farmers Market Their. Take a History lesson their. It really has served its purpose you can't keep it alive, its good for another 5 after that either continue it like a Bridge, Meaning you will have to work on the Lady from start to finish, Continious Maintenace. Like the Brooklyn Bridge. Or have like Scca racing out their.

They work on a Bridge paint solder it finish it and start again.

Or turn into a Monument and leave it alone. or what else.
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It will still be used but much less, MCC won't be moved anywhere else any time soon as there's no place to handle the large crowds for 3-4 days that this entails as well as some of the others like Labor Day Classic or Turkey Day Classic that the other HBC hold there but eventually they will move as they're making those plans now but they're just not far enough along to make it happen. Bowl game probably will move or be dropped entirely at the whim of E$PN. Ideally I would think it best to tear it down in favor of some kind of park/little league venue for various sports as mentioned above.
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(09-06-2019 12:43 PM)HiddenDragon Wrote:  
(09-06-2019 12:22 PM)BlazinBham Wrote:  I do worry about what’s going to happen to the employees working at Legion field.

No need to worry. They'll be working at this site:

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(09-06-2019 01:10 PM)BlazerFromMD Wrote:  
(09-06-2019 12:12 PM)BAMANBLAZERFAN Wrote:  Legion Field is the only large sports facility that the city of B'ham owns and controls so it must find a use for it beyond UAB after 2021. Can it be enough to have the Bowl game and / or the MCC as main annual attractions?
Most old stadiums are torn down to be replaced by more modern facilities of similar capacity, but no such future is likely for Legion Field. If it is demolished, B'ham will have lost its only large capacity sports venue with no replacement for the foreseeable future. It would leave Crampton Bowl and Ladd as the only municipal stadiums in Alabama. Crampton was the venue of Samford's opening game on TV.

RFK stadium in Washington, DC sits largely empty, as the Redskins, Nationals and DC United all have their own venues now. It costs the city $3 million/year to maintain and I doubt the maintenance of Legion Field is much cheaper. DC has announced that they are tearing RFK down by the end of 2021, with no plans yet on how that land will be used.

Birmingham can't afford the ~$3M ego boost of just saying the city owns a historic stadium, which isn't nearly as significantly historic as Rickwood.

The best use for that land would be a park and mixed-use residential/retail development.

There is no way that Legion Field costs anywhere near what RFK stadium costs to maintain

At any rate, I'm willing to bet there are zero people in this thread who are actual City of Birmingham residents, so who cares what they do? UAB will be at the BJCC stadium. What happens to Legion Field is up to the City of Birmingham and its voters
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(09-06-2019 02:57 PM)BlazerMatt Wrote:  
(09-06-2019 02:01 PM)hooverblazer Wrote:  Tear it down then turn the land into a park & youth sports fields.

I think this plus an honest to goodness supermarket would be the best use of the land to bring value to the community.

Good choices for the stadium. 03-idea
What will they do with the lion statues if it happens? 03-weeping
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