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Legion Field, Birmingham

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Legion Field is a stadium in Birmingham, Alabama, United States, primarily designed to be used as a venue for American football, but is occasionally used for other large outdoor events. The stadium is named in honor of the American Legion, a U.S. organization of military veterans and opened in 1927. Since the 2004 removal of the upper deck, Legion Field seats approximately 71,594 spectators. At its peak it seated 83,091 people for football and had the name "Football Capital of the South" emblazoned from the facade on its upper deck. Legion Field is colloquially called "The Old Grey Lady" and "The Grey Lady on Graymont". The stadium's current primary tenant are the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers, who are currently on a two-year hiatus.Stadium historyConstruction of a 21,000 seat stadium began in 1926 at the cost of $439,000. It was completed in 1927 and named Legion Field in honor of the American Legion. In the stadium's first event, 16,800 fans watched Howard College (now known as Samford University) shut out Birmingham-Southern College 9–0 on November 19, 1927.Over the years, the stadium grew. Ironically, it didn't follow its designer's initial intent in becoming a monumental horseshoe-shaped amphitheater though. Capacity was increased to 25,000 in 1934 and to 45,000 in 1948. The bowl was enclosed. In 1961, a 9,000 seat upper deck was added to the east side of the stadium, increasing capacity to 54,600. In 1965, a new press box was built in the stadium and capacity was further increased to 68,821. The first nationally televised night college football game at Legion Field was between Ole Miss and Alabama on October 4, 1969.
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  • This is an outdated venue in one of the most dangerous areas in the southeast. When we visited, not only were we shaken down to "protect" our vehicle while parked, we walked by an apartment complex wi...  more »
  • This place is a dump and in a dangerous area. If at all possible, avoid being here alone or after dark...sketchy stuff happens...  more »
  • Yikes, the old girl is starting to show her age. Lots of rust, looks like the erector set steel stadium of bygone years. Still glad I got to visit the historical stadium  more »
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  • I believe that mr. Moore and his team down at Legion Field is doing a great job they're doing all they can do to update and make Legion Field a pleasure
  • Worst football experience I've ever had. The parking lots are muddy, the stadium concourse is small and leaks in rain. There's rust everywhere, and it's in a terrible neighborhood. It's a dump, plain and simple.
  • Great time at classic .... fun times & great food. Go Bulldogs
  • Great magic city classic at Legion Field
  • Its outdated. It needs to be renovated.