3 reasons why the Legacy Arena expansion means bigger events for Birmingham

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Disney on Ice: “Frozen” is headed to Birmingham’s Legacy Arena on November 1. Photo via Disney on Ice

It’s a $300 million project that includes a new stadium and a new Legacy Arena for the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

A new open-air stadium for Birmingham and major renovations to the Legacy Arena continue to move forward, thanks to a recent bond sale totaling $313 million. According to BJCC president and chief executive officer Tad Snider, the money from the bonds will help finance the $125 million slated for the arena expansion and $175 million for the new stadium.

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A rendering from the BJCC’s updated master plan. Via BJCC.

There’s also money coming from the city and the county, as both entities have previously pledged their support for this large-scale project. So, what’s that mean for us, Birmingham?

1. Bigger, Better Events For Birmingham

Bruno Event Team President Gene Hallman says that we won’t recognize the place once it’s done, and the renovations will hopefully attract NCAA events because the arena will be able to accommodate more corporate partners. Men’s college basketball tourney, anyone?

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Scene from an NCAA tourney at Walt Disney World Resort. Photo via Walt Disney World Resort

2. The BJCC Had Their Best Year Yet

The Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Authority ended fiscal year 2018 with just over $29 million. According to them, that’s their highest-grossing revenue ever. So, we’re already attending events and supporting the BJCC with all it has to offer in the present. With a bigger, better stadium and arena, looks like the best is yet to come.

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A rendering of the new Legacy Arena. Rendering via BJCC

3. Legacy Arena Redux: Nice!

Here’s what’s in store for the Legacy Arena:

  • New concourses, a club level and suites
  • New seats
  • A glass atrium

Right now, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex includes two exhibition halls and three entertainment venues. Even at its present size, it’s still the state’s largest arena and concert hall.

The BJCC campus also includes Alabama’s largest hotel (the 757-room) Sheraton Birmingham, The Westin Birmingham Hotel and the Uptown Entertainment District. All this plus a new arena and stadium. These are big changes, y’all!

What events would you like to see come to the new Legacy Arena? Hello, can we please get an NFL team!?

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