Birmingham to join the Alliance of American Football. Can you name the 6 previous Magic City pro football teams over the past 40 years?

Legion Field
Legion Field
Legion Field – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

According to ESPN, Birmingham will be the seventh city with a team in the new Alliance of American Football. The Magic City joins San Diego, Atlanta, Orlando, Memphis, Salt Lake City and Phoenix.

The league has already announced several legendary Alliance coaches including Steve Spurrier in Orlando, Mike Singletary in Memphis, Brad Childress in Atlanta, Dennis Erickson in Salt Lake City, Rick Neuheisel in Phoenix and Mike Martz in San Diego. Birmingham’s coach is expected to be announced later this week.

The spring league will begin play the weekend after the Super Bowl in February 2019.


From the Alliance of American Football website, The Alliance will feature eight teams, under a single entity structure, playing a 12-week season kicking-off February 9, 2019 on CBS and culminating with the championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2019.

Al.com has reported, that according to the mayor’s office the Birmingham franchise will play five home games at Legion Field for at least two seasons before moving to the new stadium downtown.

6 teams in 5 pro football leagues over 40 plus years

Over the past 43 years, Birmingham has had six named teams in five different short-lived professional football leagues. They were:


Birmingham Americans/Birmingham Vulcans – World Football League
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 Birmingham Stallions – United States Football League
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 Birmingham Fire – World League of American Football
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Birmingham Barracudas – Canadian Football League
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 Birmingham Thunderbolts – XFL
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Next Steps and questions

Will Birmingham’s 7th professional football team in over four decades be successful?

Are we ready to watch football in the cold months of February and March?

Who will be our head coach and what will be the team’s name?


Very exciting news, but numerous questions to be answered.

Stay tuned.

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.