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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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  • Nothing exceptional. Good experience. Stadium is older but decent. Parking was't too good. More a vendor type atmosphere. Enjoyed the game although it was cold and breezzy.  more »
  • 90 year old stadium which is not the prettiest in the world but is called the Old Grey Lady for a reason. Attended the Birmingham Bowl and found getting to the stadium easy and didnt have to wait long...  more »
  • 90 year old facility that although has history is out of date. UAB plays its home games with at best 40,000 fans in this 70,000 seat facility. I am season ticket holder. City of Birmingham continues t...  more »
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  • We e enjoyed watching the football game. The stadium was easy to access. Parking was $20 a bit much.
  • The stadium itself is actually pretty nice, historic feel. The surrounding neighborhoods are really sketchy though... don't leave valuables in your car
  • Really need to be replaced with a brand new facility. I hope Mayor Woodfin will consider that. New facility, more money for the city. National Championship, the Sugar Bowl, High School Championship, The college Battle of the Bands, and of course THE MAGIC CITY CLASSIC🏈🏈.
  • It brought back lots of old memories of all the games I saw and how I worked there selling cokes as a teenager. It is still standing tall and proud with UAB football being the main attraction there now. I was told that UAB is currently 8 and 0 and they have great players and coaches there now. I can’t help wanting to pull for them as they may make a mad dash for a championship. I wish them the best as this looks like the best season they have ever had!!
  • This beautiful place where alot of memories for a lot of people have had some great news and ideas of time gone by . Great ball games of different schools and colleges.

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