Legion FC moves match against archrival Memphis 901 to historic Legion Field

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Legion at Legion is going to happen May 15, 2021. Legion FC takes on Memphis 901 FC at 3:30PM. Photo by Pat Byington via Bham Now

The Birmingham Legion FC has moved its Saturday match versus archrival Memphis 901 FC to Legion Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30PM.

The change of venue was supported by Mayor Randall Woodfin, City Council President William Parker and the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board. 

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Declared ‘Legion at Legion’ the USL Championship team and the city aims to highlight the best of Birmingham coming together for all of the Magic City’s residents to enjoy.

“We would like to thank President Parker and Mayor Woodfin for making ‘Legion at Legion’ a possibility,” said Legion FC President and General Manager Jay Heaps. “Having a game like this on such short notice truly demonstrates the Birmingham community working together.  We are excited to play against our rivals from Memphis in front of all of our fans this Saturday at Legion Field.”

Tickets for the match are just five dollars, and will be available at bhmlegion.com.

Parking in the lots around Legion Field on Saturday will be available for $10, cash only. All Legion season parking passes will be honored at Legion Field on game day.

Get a Shot, Get a Ticket

Parker High School employees got vaccinated in preparation for opening as a mass vaccination site. Photo via UAB News

As an added incentive to attend the game, anyone that gets their COVID-19 vaccine at the Legion Field vaccination site any day this week will receive a ticket to Saturday’s game. The vaccination site is open from 10AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, and walk ups are welcome.

Legion FC is one of the first professional sports teams in the nation to offer free game tickets to encourage fans to receive the vaccine. The Seattle Sounders offered  COVID-19 shots to fans who attended a game earlier this season. 

“The cooperative spirit which brings Legion to Legion demonstrates the essence of the Magic City,” said Mayor Woodfin. “There’s no better way to host Legion FC at Legion Field than through the rivalry with Memphis.”

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Memphis 901 FC goalkeeper Tim Howard leads team onto BBVA Field against the Birmingham Legion FC. Photo courtesy of Trent Giles

Simon Iles, a spokesperson for Legion FC’s supporters group, the Magic City Brigade echoed Mayor Woodfin’s sentiments.

“We in the Magic City Brigade will be out in full force at the Old Gray Lady for what will be a fantastic experience, and we invite you all to join us! We’re looking forward to the game, and to Legion FC getting its first win of the season, against our heated rivals, in such historic surroundings.”

Why the sudden change?

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Birmingham Legion FC taking on Atlanta United in February 2020. Photo from Legion FC Facebook

The change in venue for the Memphis game came after problems were experienced with the BBVA Field turf during the game against the Indy Eleven on May 1st.

“We have also been working closely with UAB Facilities and UAB Athletics this past week and are encouraged by the progress being made to address the current field conditions at BBVA Field,” said Heaps. “Collectively, we have made the decision to protect the field and play this game at Legion Field.

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Birmingham Legion FC at BBVA Field in 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

BBVA Field is an excellent venue, and we look forward to the rest of our season and continued partnership with UAB Facilities and Athletics. Importantly, we are pleased with the responsiveness and mutual commitment to our partnership, and we appreciate the efforts being put forth to improve the field for Legion FC and for UAB Women’s and Men’s soccer teams.”

Questions and Tickets

Any questions about the event can be directed to Legion FC HQ by emailing either info@bhmlegion.com or tickets@bhmlegion.com, or by calling 205.791.7145, and more venue-specific information can be found HERE. Fans are encouraged to keep an eye on bhmlegion.com and @bhmlegion on social media channels for updates throughout the week as we get closer to ‘Legion at Legion!’

Pat Byington
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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