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Soccer is growing faster than ever in Birmingham. Need evidence? Check out these 5 big stories.
1. Birmingham Legion and UAB to build a state of the art soccer stadium
We’ve known for months, Birmingham Legion and UAB were going to renovate the BVAA Compass Field, but last week it just got real. The Legion, UAB and the city held the official ground-breaking on a new and improved complex that will include, a state-of-the-art 4,000-seat grandstand, a permanent concessions stand, bathrooms and ticket office. An additional 40×20 video board will also be added. Now the big question is: Where are they going to build the brewery/pub nearby and who will it be?
Fun fact: A “legion” is 3000-6000 soldiers. Guess the new stadium is just the right size.
2. Birmingham Legion adds 4 new owners
Last week, the Birmingham Legion announced the addition of 4 new owners to the current group. Joining the original three owners, Jeff Logan, James Outland and Lee Styslinger III, are John Harbert, Jack Bryant, Billy Harbert and Jim Rein.
The new guys are each connected with Birmingham’s iconic Harbert business empire.
3. Let’s hear it for the kids! BUSA and Vestavia Hills join new mega league
Two of Birmingham’s largest soccer clubs, Birmingham United Soccer Association and the Vestavia Hills Soccer Club have joined the Southeastern Clubs Champions League (SCCL). A collaboration of eight clubs in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The new league which will pit the best U12 to U19 players in the South against each other is sort of like the SEC of youth club soccer. This is a big deal for top level youth soccer in Birmingham and Alabama.
4. Hammer time! The Hammers Kick-off their new season on Wednesday, May 16th
Yes – we anxiously await the 2019 arrival of the Birmingham Legion, but let us not forget, the Birmingham Hammers will be playing in 2018. In fact, they are kicking off their season THIS WEDNESDAY, May 16, 7:30pm at Samford University Soccer Stadium. Remember, the Samford Soccer and Track Stadium is NOT the football stadium. The soccer facility is located across the main campus on Lakeshore. Get your tickets today.
5. We are the champions! Alabama High School Association crown soccer state champs
Despite a couple of upsets, notably Auburn over Vestaiva Hills in the 7A championship, the Birmingham area once again claimed four out of the eight (half) state soccer championship this weekend.
The local winners…. drumroll please.
For the boys – Westminister – Oak Mountain and Homewood
For the girls – John Carroll and Vestavia Hills.
Congrats to all!