Birmingham set to host March Madness tournaments in 2023 + 25 at upgraded Legacy Arena. See renderings of the $123 million renovation

We can’t wait to watch some basketball in the brand new Legacy Arena. Rendering via The BJCC

Basketball fans rejoice! March Madness will return to Birmingham’s newly renovated Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex for two events in 2023 and 2025. Here’s what we know.

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Legion Field: “The Old Gray Lady” on a gray day in December

Legion Field Birmingham

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With the SEC championship game being played once again today in Atlanta between Alabama and Florida, we took a quick visit to the place where the inaugural SEC championship game was played 24 years ago –Legion Field.

It was a gray and chilly day when we took these photos today (Dec. 3, 2016) much like it was back on December 5, 1992. Interestingly, just like today’s 2016 Alabama team, the 1992 Crimson Tide was undefeated coming into the game, and was needing a win to play for the national championship.  Florida’s 1992 team also had 3 defeats on it’s record, the same as this 2016 Gators.

Another fact. 83,091 people attended the game in 1992. Today, Legion Field’s capacity is considerably smaller at 71, 594.

Enjoy the pictures and memories.