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Protective Stadium reached another milestone this week with the installation of their new seats in the center of the stadium. How do they look and feel? Very comfortable. Just ask UAB Head Coach Bill Clark.
The countdown is on. In 122 days, UAB will play its inaugural game at Protective Stadium against Liberty University.
It feels like a lifetime ago when on that December 2018 day, civic, university, business and community leaders gathered to break ground on the vacant land across from the Uptown Entertainment District, announcing the construction of a new stadium. I was there covering the event for Bham Now. There were doubters then, even at the groundbreaking. Now they are believers.
Three years later, despite obstacles such as the closure and rebuilding of I-59/20 and a global pandemic, the Magic City will have a new stadium and UAB Football a home.
Below are photos and video of the inside of Protective Stadium.
Some facts about Protective Stadium:
Construction Progress by the Numbers:
- 4,240,000 pounds of rebar tied (2120 tons)
- 670,000 bricks placed
- 150,000 square feet of elevated concrete
- 31,000 feet of plumbing pipe installed (5.8 miles)
- 17,000 feet of duct work installed (3.2 miles)
- 680,000 feet of conduit installed (129 miles)
Games This Fall/Winter
Protective Stadium’s calendar is already filling up. This fall, the new venue will host five UAB home games. The site is also hosting the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s (AHSAA) Super 7 Football Championships between December 1-3. And this week, the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl announced they will be playing their 15th Annual game on December 28th at Protective Stadium.
BJCC on a Roll
The addition of Protective Stadium and modernization to Legacy Arena is making the BJCC a prime site for some of the nation’s biggest events and concerts.
For example, after a long absence, the NCAA ’Basketball Tournaments are returning to Birmingham in 2023 and 2025.
“This investment puts Birmingham in its proper place in terms of regional routing of events and shows and opportunities – for unique things that haven’t been in Birmingham for a while.”Tad Snider, BJCC Executive Director and CEO