USL Birmingham + UAB: Bham’s new pro soccer team may be playing at UAB

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Our last BOLD Speaker Morgan Copes just made a BIG announcement about the future of USL Birmingham. Get the details here.

USL Birmingham Negotiates with UAB for Field Expansion

UAB might expand the BBVA Compass Field house to become USL Birmingham’s home turf.

UAB gave its third thumbs up to expanding its upgrade to the stadium for Birmingham’s new professional soccer team to play in.  If Stage 4 of negotiations goes smoothly, the stadium will hold 4,500 to 5,000 fans (rather than 2,500) and a larger concessions stand.

I.e. all the game day hot dogs, local brews and excitement a soccer fan could imagine.  We could not be more excited to see if UAB will be USL Birmingham’s new stomping ground.

What’s the BOLD Speaker series?
Grab a cold one and join us. (image courtesy of Avondale Brewing)

Don’t know what the BOLD Speaker series is? You’re in the right place.  We’re here to introduce you to the incredible leaders bringing new life and vision to our city.

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Our BOLD Speaker series fills the upstairs of Avondale Brewing company every other month and gives you a chance to meet people who are making a serious difference in our city.

From CEOs to conservationists, the BOLD speaker series features innovators from many fields who are excited about Birmingham’s potential.

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Plus there’s beer! So grab some friends and chow down at one of Avondale’s ahhmazing restaurants and then head on over to the brewing co. for a pint and some quality conversation.

Morgan Copes, VP of USL Birmingham
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Morgan Copes moved to Birmingham in 2012 with a job at Regions and a love for soccer. After a few years and a conversation over a beer at a local brewery, he dreamed of bringing professional soccer to the Magic City.

The people of Birmingham immediately gathered around Copes and the Birmingham Hammers was born.  With the goal of attracting a professional team, the Hammers played an exhibition season and jumped into a league around 2015.

And just about two months ago Copes got to announce that his dream is becoming a reality-a United Soccer League franchise is coming to the ‘ham.

The Deets + Prizes
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Did we mention our BOLD Speaker series is FREE?  So grab some friends and one of Avondale Brewing Co’s amazing local beers and head upstairs to hear Morgan Copes. Minors are welcome!

  • When: 5:30-7 pm on November 2nd
  • Where: @ Avondale Brewing Company (upstairs)
  • Why: it’s free + networking + prizes
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The coolest new ball caps are made in the Magic City thanks to Aviate (Image courtesy of Aviate)

Unless you’re living under a rock you’ve probably seen Aviate’s popular airport code hats on the noggins of several of your friends around town.  At our next BOLD Speaker series, you could win some sweet Aviate threads.  We’re giving away two short sleeve and one long sleeve airport code t-shirts to our lucky winners!

This ATL tee just really Thai's any outfit together

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Yep, we’re pretty excited too.  May the odds be ever in your favor.

We can’t wait to see you there! Don’t forget to RSVP on our Facebook event!