Songs, cheers, great soccer, sold out stadium, Birmingham Legion FC has arrived

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Birmingham Legion FC drew a record crowd against MLS powerhouse Atlanta United on February 8, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“Over there its so quiet. Over here its a riot! Walking along, singing our song, walking in a Legion Wonderland.”

Magic City Brigade singing “Legion Wonderland” to the Atlanta United supporters group which brought several hundred fans to the game.

This past Saturday, an overflowing sold out BBVA Field record crowd of 6,722 – sang and cheered on their Birmingham Legion FC against MLS powerhouse Atlanta United FC in a preseason exhibition.

As a proud member of the Magic City Brigade, the Club’s supporters group, I happily volunteered to capture the sights and sounds of the big game for Bham Now (also got some photos and videos from fellow Brigade members and the Legion).

As you can see -we had a little fun.   Check it out.

Photo and video gallery – Birmingham Legion FC v. Atlanta United

Magic City Brigade group photo at Bessie Estell Park.

Magic City Brigade before the Atlanta United game on February 8, 2020. Photo by Bham Now

Mayor Randall Woodfin performing the coin toss.

Legion FC goalkeeper Matt VanOekel makes point blank save.

Drums and horns at the Magic City Brigade section

C’mon you boys in red!  Cheering the Legion on.

Mayor Randall Woodfin and the Brigade’s Nic Gulas leads a cheer during the game. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham native Chandler Hoffman is back after a mid-season injury last year.

Don’t miss the 2020 season

Along with the fan friendly atmosphere, the Legion played well against the top division Atlanta United,  losing 3-2 on a goal scored in the 93rd minute.

Beginning their 2nd year, Legion FC is off to a great start. As one Magic City Brigade superfan declared…

“The Birmingham Legion has arrived!”

Season and individual tickets for the 2020 season are still available.


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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.
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