Legion Field: “The Old Gray Lady” on a gray day in December

Legion Field Birmingham

Legion Field Birmingham

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With the SEC championship game being played once again today in Atlanta between Alabama and Florida, we took a quick visit to the place where the inaugural SEC championship game was played 24 years ago –Legion Field.

It was a gray and chilly day when we took these photos today (Dec. 3, 2016) much like it was back on December 5, 1992. Interestingly, just like today’s 2016 Alabama team, the 1992 Crimson Tide was undefeated coming into the game, and was needing a win to play for the national championship.  Florida’s 1992 team also had 3 defeats on it’s record, the same as this 2016 Gators.

Another fact. 83,091 people attended the game in 1992. Today, Legion Field’s capacity is considerably smaller at 71, 594.

Enjoy the pictures and memories.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.