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Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham
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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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  • Went to see Jeff Dunham. It's a l-o-n-g walk from the entrance of BJCC to the arena. Several sets of stairs or a never-ending ramp, which seemed pretty steep for wheelchairs. Our tickets were on the f...  more »
  • Really nice neighborhood and it doesn't feel boxy like come convention centers. It changed my mind about Birmingham. 
  • This used to be the place to go to see concerts, hockey games, and other sports, but now there is not much there, and the building is decaying with not much upkeep. 
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  • Went to see Jeff Dunham and had a great time. The restrooms were pretty clean. Parking wasn't outrageous.
  • Great place and location. Friendly helpfull staff. Lots of stairs and not much is handi accessible
  • Lots of help, connected to the hotel next door which has several restaurants and boutiques, great acoustics, comfortable chairs, elevator available and escalator. Connected to arena, concert hall and other venues for entertainment. Signs clearly marked to get you to where you are going.
  • Great venue! Very helpful staff!
  • 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.