Hoover gets first Entertainment District at Stadium Trace Village

Hoover Entertainment District
Big Whiskey’s and Cajun Roux will anchor the proposed Entertainment District in Hoover’s Stadium Trace Village. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Heyyyy who likes to partyyy? Apparently Hoover does because its city council approved the city’s first entertainment district. The new district will be located in Stadium Trace Village and contribute to Hoover’s booming business scene.

Setting up for future plans 🎉

Hoover Entertainment District
Sign out front at Stadium Trace entrance off John Hawkins Parkway. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Although Entertainment Districts are designed to allow people to hop around with a drink in hand, the area is part of a larger plan to create a family-friendly arts and entertainment venue in the area. Another pro is it will elevate the Hoover arts scene and give it an opportunity to expand.

The announcement fits nicely with Hoover’s future comprehensive plan announced last year promoting city growth and development through a partnership between the citizens, city government and the development community.

The city’s first entertainment district, but maybe not their last đź‘€

State law allows the city of Hoover to designate three entertainment districts, according to Allan Rice, Hoover’s City Administrator. This is the first Entertainment request received by the city.

Their proposal comes on the heels of last month’s approval of Birmingham’s fourth entertainment district in Avondale. 

“We think it is a fantastic location,” said Rice. “It is a relatively new shopping center. There is a lot of energy there with several new restaurants. The developer is planning additional entertainment amenities that would be added – for example a big lawn gathering area and a covered stage for musical performances or outdoor theater.”

The district will not include areas with retail outparcels such as the Aldi grocery store or the UAB Medical Clinic.

Hoover is a happenin’ place

Hoover Entertainment District
Big Whiskey’s opened in early July 2020 at Stadium Trace Village. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The 44-acre Stadium Trace Village is located at the corner of Highway 150 (John Hawkins Parkway) and I-459. In the past year, Stadium Trace has opened up some “destination” restaurants, notably: 

Popular regional fast food establishments Culver’sSuper Chix and Taco Mama have also opened in the area.

“We’ve had a lot of good feedback from the community. It (entertainment district) is very much where that part of town is going in terms of shopping, dining, gathering with friends and having fun.” concluded Rice

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