Now the News: Magic City Classic to stay at Legion Field through 2026, Shelby County opens 750-acre park + more

The Magic City Classic
Views from The Magic City Classic. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Happy Monday, Birmingham! Thanksgiving is so close you can almost smell the delicious food. Let’s get this week started right by catching you up with the buzziest happenings in The Magic City, including the Birmingham Council approving an agreement to keep the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, a 750-acre park now open in Shelby County, new openings and more.

Shelby County opens 750-acre Double Oak Park

Double Oak Park
A new park to enjoy. (Discover Shelby County)

What’s happening: Shelby County has a new outlet for exploring the great outdoors—Double Oak Park. In 2021, Shelby County acquired 750 acres of land between Dunnavant Valley Road and Bear Creek Road. This includes Double Oak Park, which features nearly nine miles of single-track trail and more, including:

  • Hiking trails
  • Horseback trails
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Restrooms

Why it matters: In addition to being an exciting recreational space for visitors, the park also preserves land from development.

“Double Oak Park is an opportunity for the Shelby County Commission to invest in an outdoor recreation park for hiking, biking, trail running and, very soon, horseback trails. We are excited to offer this pristine piece of the outdoors so close to residential areas and employment centers on Highway 280.”

Chad Scroggins, Shelby County, County Manager

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Magic City Classic to stay at Legion Field through 2026

Magic City
2022 Magic City Classic tailgating at Legion Field. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

What’s happening: The Birmingham City Council Budget and Finance committee approved an agreement this week to keep the annual cross-state rivalry game and festivities between Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University at historic Legion Field until 2026. 

A vote on the agreement by the full council takes place at the November 22 meeting. This year, both universities received $400,000 from the city following the game. Under the new four-year contract, each university receives $500,000 per year until the contract expires in 2026.

Why it matters: As one of Birmingham’s longstanding traditions, the Magic City Classic brings together upwards of 65,000 fans to Legion Field each year. Many fans of the annual event are elated to see the tradition continue at Legion Field.

“The Classic is embedded in the culture of Birmingham. It is more than a game, it is an experience. I am elated that we can continue this 80+ year tradition of being two rival schools to one central and neutral location. It’s important we support our HBCUs, who produce some of our greatest leaders, scientists, technologists, innovators and trendsetters.”

Crystal Smitherman, Birmingham City Councilor

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7 exciting openings including The House of Found Objects

The House of Found Objects
An inside look at The House of Found Objects. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Looking to try something new this holiday season? We’ve got you covered with new openings and businesses coming soon to Birmingham. Let’s dive in.

Now Open

Coming Soon

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$80M mixed-use development proposed near Railroad Park

The Silos
The Silos. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

What’s happening: The Birmingham City Council Economic Development and Tourism Committee approved incentives to build an $80 million mixed-use development at the former Sherman Industries concrete site near Railroad Park. Named The Silos, the proposed project is located at 1130 Second Avenue South. Birmingham-headquartered Novu Development Group is the developer.

Why it matters: “It’s exciting to see Birmingham‘s investment in Railroad Park and Regions Field continue to pay dividends as private dollars transform the Parkside District,” Hunter Williams, Chair of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee told Bham Now. “This large $80 million project will transform a Brownfield industrial site to something that adds value to the city.”  

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Third Avenue Food Court development acquires two new buildings in Birmingham

Guster Food Truck Court
The site of the new food truck court. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

What’s happening: Local attorney and real estate developer Eric Guster recently purchased two buildings along 3rd Avenue North, adjacent to the site of his new food truck court. Guster wants the development to offer the stability of a permanent location to benefit local food trucks as well as brick-and-mortar restaurants and retail options.

Why it matters: As reported by the Birmingham Business Journal, Guster recently purchased two buildings adjacent to the original lot to add to the Third Avenue Food Court development. Located at 1116 Third Avenue North and 1120 Third Avenue North, one structure is home to ABC Select Spirits while the other is currently vacant. Guster and his team are currently determining whether a restaurant, retail, medical or office space would be most appropriate.

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Gabby Gervais
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