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Legion Field, Birmingham

Categories: Tourist Spots, Arenas & Stadiums
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1.6/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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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  • As usual my family and I have a great time! The people from Alabama made us feel right at home...the stadium was big enough to handle the crowd and I was pleased with my seating!! The game was great a...  read more »
  • Go visit before it comes down. the stadium has seen better days, but it is still OK for a game or twl. Has not been really updated since the 70s. 
  • Parking was horrible. The field is getting run down and needs a complete make over. Tight seating. Saw a soccer game. Need more concessions and bathrooms. Long lines at the bathrooms. 
  • 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.
  • We made the trip for the Birmingham Bowl. Good gosh this place needs an upgrade. If Batman and the Joker were to film a scene in the bowels of the most run down dump, this would be the place. The only reason this gets a 2* instead of a 1* is the fact that you actually have some leg room in your seat.
  • Awful place, tear it down... Birmingham deserves better.
  • My husband had his Family reunion here and it was great
  • It's a very old stadium that has not been kept in good repair. That said, the Birmingham Bowl 2015 was a good experience. Food service was adequate. Restrooms were clean. The people working there were very polite and helpful. Parking is in a dirt lot, probably the worst part. Police in parking lot were very polite and helpful. Just lower your expectations.
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