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Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham

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3.4/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
The Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex is a sports, convention and entertainment complex located in Birmingham, Alabama. The Sheraton Birmingham and Westin Birmingham are located on the complex adjoining the convention center. Alongside numerous exhibit halls, meeting and ballrooms, the complex features three entertainment venues: an arena, concert hall and theater.DesignThe Birmingham–Jefferson Civic Center was designed by Geddes Brecher Qualls Cunningham, the winner of what was, at the time, the largest open architectural competition ever organized by the American Institute of Architects. The original facility was built between 1974 and 1976 for approximately US$104 million. A.G. Gaston Construction Company, Inc. served as contractors.A critical component of the competition program was making a viable connection across the elevated I-59/I-20 highway from the Civic Center facility to the existing administrative and cultural facilities surrounding Linn Park to the south. No satisfactory solution to that problem has ever been carried out.Part of Birmingham's "City Center Master Plan" envisions replacing the existing elevated highway with a below-grade corridor which would simplify interstate access to the downtown area, mitigate the noise and visual effects of highway traffic, and allow for a landscaped plaza to bridge over the highway. If carried out, this plan would finally create the connection between the BJCC and Linn Park.Multiple plans to expand the complex have been presented. An attempt by former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford to build a large domed stadium was mostly unsuccessful. The BJCC authority has purchased several parcels of land required for that expansion, but the project still does not have major financial backing and lacks a clear design. Birmingham mayor William Bell has expressed some interest in building a domed stadium, but on a smaller scale. The Alabama Department of Transportation has begun preliminary work to replace the aging I-20/59 elevated viaduct adjacent to the complex. The project involves the reuse of some right-of-way to improve interstate ramps, which may interfere with plans to build a multipurpose stadium at the complex's current site.
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  • Multiple purpose facility that has something for everyone. The Uptown entertainment center across the avenue is a special place on it's own and within days the TopGolf center will open adding even mor...  read more »
  • We came to Birmingham and the Convention Center for the EWTN Family Celebration. The CC is very nice and easy to get to. We liked the many different buildings, which is conducive to the center hosting...  read more »
  • The Uptown addition has made the BJCC more attractive, but the concert hall and arena are still in need of major renovations. Parking is always a challenge for big events. 
  • Never had a bad experience at this venue. Glad to have such a large convention center so close to home. Much better now that Uptown has been added and they redid the nearby parking. Easy access to food and hotels without having to driver everywhere.
  • Absolutely horrible experience, I DO NOT recommend them at all. They are rude, hateful, NOT HELPFUL, and ended up making me miss the show I had paid $100 for! And THEN turned around and placed the blame on me for my dissatisfaction. They are over priced and UNPROFESSIONAL. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you take your business else where. Oh and my absolute favorite part, the cherry on top of this bullcrap evening and horrible establishment, carrying my 3 year old son out crying on my shoulder because he didn't get to see his daddy perform on stage. Which WE MISSED thanks to their staff.
  • I attended kami con here, and it was a blast! The center is kept clean and security is always nearby if you need help or just general direction because this place is huge, getting lost is easy. Lots of good dining locations nearby. A great place for any event!
  • The place needs major renovations and I feel that a stadium could be a great addition if a quality transportation system could be provided from UAB
  • Went to Legacy Arena for a show, great venue, courteous staff
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