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Legion Field

Birmingham, Alabama

"Football Capital of the South"

Location 400 Graymont Ave W
Birmingham, AL 35204
Opened 1926
Owner City of Birmingham
Operator UAB
Surface Turf
Construction cost $439,000 USD
Tenants
UAB Blazers (NCAA Football) (1991-present)
Birmingham Americans (WFL) (1974-75)
Alabama Vulcans (AFA) (1979)
Birmingham Stallions (USFL) (1983-85)
Birmingham Fire (WLAF) (1991-92)
Birmingham Barracudas (CFL) (1995)
Birmingham Thunderbolts (XFL) (2001)
Seats
71,594 (Current)

Legion Field is a large stadium in Birmingham, Alabama primarily designed to be used as a venue for American football, but is occasionally used for other large outdoor events. The stadium is named in honor of the American Legion, a U.S. organization of military veterans. At its peak it seated 83,091 people for football. Today, after the removal of the upper deck, Legion Field seats approximately 71,594 spectators. Image File history File links Legion_Field_-_Alabama. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: The Magic City, Pittsburgh of the South, BHam, The Ham Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: Country United States State Alabama County Jefferson, Shelby Mayor Bernard Kincaid (D) Area    - City 151. ... The University of Alabama at Birmingham (also known as UAB) is a public, coeducational university located in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The university is part of the three-member University of Alabama System, which also includes the main University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama in Huntsville... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ... UABs forest green and old gold-swathed athletic teams are nicknamed the Blazers. ... The Birmingham Americans were the most successful of the World Football League franchises. ... WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ... The Alabama Vulcans were a professional football team which were a part of the American Football Association in 1979. ... The Birmingham Stallions were a franchise in the United States Football League, an attempt to establish a second professional league of American football in the United States in competition with the National Football League. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985. ... The Birmingham Fire was a professional American football team that played in the World League of American Football in 1991 and 1992. ... The World League of American Football (WLAF) was founded in 1990 with support from the NFL to play semi-professional American Football in North America, Europe and later maybe Asia. ... The Birmingham Barracudas were a Canadian football team that played the 1995 season in the Canadian Football League. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ... The Only Season The Birmingham Thunderbolts were a short-lived springtime American football team based in Birmingham, Alabama. ... The XFL was a professional American football league that played for one season in 2001. ... Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia is capable of being converted from a rectangular rugby football field to an oval for cricket and Australian rules football games A modern stadium (plural stadiums or stadia in English) is a place, or venue, for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts or other events, consisting of... Nickname: The Magic City, Pittsburgh of the South, BHam, The Ham Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: Country United States State Alabama County Jefferson, Shelby Mayor Bernard Kincaid (D) Area    - City 151. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The American Legion is an organization of veterans of the United States armed forces who served in wartime. ... A veteran refers to a person who is experienced in a particular area, particularly referring to people in the armed forces. ...


Legion Field currently serves as the home field of the UAB Blazers, who compete in Conference USA. The University of Alabama once played up to three home football games there every season but has ended this practice; its last game at Legion Field was a 40-17 victory over the University of South Florida on August 30, 2003. Auburn University also used Legion Field less extensively, but the Tigers left upon the expansion of Jordan-Hare Stadium to a similar seating capacity. After 1980, Auburn's only home game in Birmingham was the Iron Bowl up to 1987 and in 1991.[citation needed] The University of Alabama at Birmingham (also known as UAB) is a public, coeducational university located in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The university is part of the three-member University of Alabama System, which also includes the main University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama in Huntsville... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference which is now in the Southern United States. ... Athletic teams at the University of Alabama are known as the Crimson Tide. ... The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... Auburn Tigers football represents Auburn University in NCAA Division I-A college football. ... Jordan-Hare Stadium is the playing venue for Auburn Universitys football team located on campus in Auburn, Alabama, USA. The stadium is named for Ralph Shug Jordan (pronounced JURD-an), the Universitys winningest football coach, and Cliff Hare, a member of Auburns first football team. ... Seating capacity refers to the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, either in terms of the space available, or in terms of limitations set by law. ... The Iron Bowl logo. ...

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Stadium History

Legion Field perhaps was best-known for hosting the annual, season-ending game between Alabama and Auburn every year from 1948 to 1988. Because of Birmingham's major industry of iron and steel manufacturing, the game became known as the Iron Bowl. In 1989 Auburn moved their home games in the series to their own stadium, although they did play one last home game at Legion Field in 1991. Alabama followed suit in 2000. In 1979 and 1980, the facility played host to the Drum Corps International World Championships. In the summer of 1996, Legion Field served as a soccer venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Iron Bowl logo. ... See also: 1988 in sports, other events of 1989, 1990 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Darrell Waltrip won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rusty Wallace CART Racing - season championship won by Emerson Fittipaldi Indianapolis 500 - Emerson Fittipaldi Formula One Championship - Alain... See also: 1999 in sports, other events of 2000, 2001 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bobby Labonte Indy Racing League - Buddy Lazier won the season championship Indianapolis 500- Juan Pablo Montoya CART Racing... Drum Corps International (DCI), formed in 1972, is the non-profit governing body operating the North American drum and bugle corps circuit for junior corps, whose members are between the ages of 14 and 22. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Participants The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ...


Legion Field also hosted four post-season college football games, the Dixie Bowl (1947-1948), the Hall of Fame Classic (1977-1985), the All-American Bowl (1986-1990), and the Southeastern Conference Championship Game (1992-1993). In addition, it was the site of the first two SEC football championship games. It still hosts the title football game for the historically black Southwestern Athletic Conference ('SWAC'). A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... The Dixie Bowl was a post-season college football game held twice at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, following the 1947 and 1948 seasons, after which it was discontinued. ... The All-American Bowl was an annual post-season college football game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama from 1977 to 1990. ... The All-American Bowl was an annual post-season college football game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama from 1977 to 1990. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... This article covers the SEC championship football game. ... In the United States, Historically Black Colleges And Universities (HBCU) (a type of minority-serving institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ... The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is a college athletic conference made up of historically black universities in the southern United States. ...


The venue also served as home field for the Birmingham Americans (Vulcans) of the World Football League (1974-1975), the Alabama Vulcans of the American Football Association (1979), the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League (1983-1985), and the Birmingham Fire of the World League of American Football (now NFL Europe) in 1991-92. Afterward in 1995, it was the home field of the Birmingham Barracudas for their single season of play as part of the short-lived expansion of the Canadian Football League into the U.S. Later (2001), it was the home field for the single season of the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the XFL. On August 19, 2004, the University of Alabama announced that they would not be playing any further home games at the venue, leaving UAB football as the sole collegiate tenant. The Birmingham Americans were the most successful of the World Football League franchises. ... WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ... The Alabama Vulcans were a professional football team which were a part of the American Football Association in 1979. ... The Birmingham Stallions were a franchise in the United States Football League, an attempt to establish a second professional league of American football in the United States in competition with the National Football League. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985. ... The Birmingham Fire was a professional American football team that played in the World League of American Football in 1991 and 1992. ... The World League of American Football (WLAF) was founded in 1990 with support from the NFL to play semi-professional American Football in North America, Europe and later maybe Asia. ... The NFL Europe League is an American football league which operates in Europe. ... See also: 1994 in sports, other events of 1995, 1996 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Sterling Marlin won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon CART racing - season championship won by Jacques Villeneuve Indianapolis 500 - Jacques Villeneuve. ... The Birmingham Barracudas were a Canadian football team that played the 1995 season in the Canadian Football League. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... See also: 2000 in sports, other events of 2001, 2002 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500, a race that also saw the death of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in an unspectacular crash during the... The Only Season The Birmingham Thunderbolts were a short-lived springtime American football team based in Birmingham, Alabama. ... The XFL was a professional American football league that played for one season in 2001. ... August 19 is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... // On January 28, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul. ...


Recently, Legion Field had been used successfully as a site for major soccer events, including matchups in the 1996 Olympic Games — the opening match between the United States and Argentina drew 83,810 spectators, the stadium's all-time record for any event. Legion Field had also hosted exhibition games by the U.S. men's and women's national soccer teams, and in 2005 it hosted a World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Guatemala. US Soccer will no longer be scheduling games for play at Legion Field because of a switch from natural grass to artificial turf. Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... (Redirected from 1996 Olympic Games) Categories: 1996 Summer Olympics ... First international Unofficial: USA 0 - 1 Canada (Newark, NJ, USA; November 28, 1885) Official: Sweden 2 - 3 USA (Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916) Largest win USA 8 - 1 Cayman Islands (Mission Viejo, CA, USA; November 14, 1993) USA 7 - 0 El Salvador (Los Angeles, CA, USA; December 5, 1993) USA... First International Italy 1–0 USA (Jesolo, Italy; 18 August 1985) Largest win USA 12–0 Mexico (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991) USA 12–0 Martinique (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 20 April 1991) Worst defeat Norway 4–1 USA (Lagos, Portugal; 19 March 1998) Canada 3–0 USA... // Athletics Mens 100 metres - Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new world record of 9. ... Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 World Cup qualification rounds for North, Central America and Caribbean. ...


Attendance Records

UAB Attendance Records
Opponent Attendance
1 Southern Miss (2003) 44,669
2 Mississippi State (2006) 36,104
3 TCU (2004) 33,280
4 Troy (2006) 32,818
5 Virginia Tech (1998) 31,897
6 Southern Miss (2005) 31,363
7 Kansas (1998) 30,543
8 Houston (1999) 28,573

Current Uses

Outside of serving as the home field for the UAB Blazers football team, the city uses the stadium for occasional high school football matchups and for the annual "Super-Six" AHSAA state high school football championships. The Magic City Classic featuring Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University as well as the Steel City Classic featuring Miles College and Stillman College are played at Legion Field. The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is also played at Legion Field. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (also known as UAB) is a public, coeducational university located in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The university is part of the three-member University of Alabama System, which also includes the main University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama in Huntsville... High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. ... The Alabama High School Athletic Association- founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. ... Alabama State Universitys mascot is known as the Hornet Alabama State University, founded 1867, is a historically black university located in Montgomery, Alabama. ... Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, also known as Alabama A&M University or AAMU, is an accredited, public, coeducational land grant college established under the terms of the Morrill Act of 1890 located in Normal, Madison County, Alabama. ... Miles College is a Historically Black College (HBCU) founded in 1905. ... Stillman College (not to be confused with the fictional:Hillman College) is a historically black liberal arts college located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ... The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which consists of historically black colleges in the southeastern United States. ... The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is a college athletic conference made up of historically black universities in the southern United States. ...


On April 27, 2006, the NCAA approved a proposal by ESPN Regional which would bring a bowl game back to Birmingham. The Papajohns.com Bowl, formerly known as the Birmingham Bowl, will be played on December 23rd at Legion Field and will feature University of South Florida vs. East Carolina University. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Papa Johns Bowl. ... The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... East Carolina University (ECU) is a public, coeducational, research intensive university located in Greenville, North Carolina, USA. ECU is the third largest university in North Carolina with an enrollment of over 24,000 students and the fastest-growing campus in the University of North Carolina system. ...


Recent Changes

Photo of the stadium before the upper deck was demolished.
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Photo of the stadium before the upper deck was demolished.

In 2004 a structural evaluation determined that the 9,000 seat upper deck, installed in 1961, would need major remediation to meet modern building codes. Because the capacity of the stadium was well beyond the needs of any of its current tenants, the process of dismantling and removing the upper deck was begun in June 2005, and completed two months later. Image File history File linksMetadata Legion_Field_-_with_upper_deck. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Legion_Field_-_with_upper_deck. ... // On January 28, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2006, to accommodate high school football games, the Birmingam Park and Recreation Board reconverted the grass surface back to artificial turf. Design specifications called for a FIFA 2-Star recommended synthetic turf field, the highest FIFA rating an artificial turf installation can attain, in hopes of continuing to serve as host for international soccer matches. According to the FIFA website, "The FIFA RECOMMENDED 2-Star for artificial turf is designed specifically to mirror the playing characteristics of professional football. FIFA final round competitions and top UEFA competitions have the FIFA RECOMMENDED 2 Star in their respective competition regulations." FieldTurf was awarded the project based on their proposal to deliver a FIFA 2-Star RECOMMENDED field. As of October 30th, 2006, almost six months after the installation was completed, the field has yet to attain FIFA 2-Star RECOMMENDED status. The current list of FIFA RECOMMENDED 2-Star fields is available at the FIFA website (http://www.fifa.com/en/development/pitchsection/0,1350,9,00.html). The move to reconvert back to synthetic turf has been controversial, and as a result, the US Soccer Federation has not been as supportive. In April of 2006, Birmingham was awarded a Men's World Cup warm up match on the condition that the natural surface would remain until the game was played. The City of Birmingham refused to delay the installation and, for all practical purposes, forfeited their good standing with US Soccer.[citation needed] US Soccer had regularly visited Legion Field since the successful 1996 Olympic games.


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