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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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  • I have been going to Legion Field since I was a kid. Since then, about 15 years ago, its gone down hill. It was always sort of a dump, but still it was ok. I would not recommend this area to anyone. I...  more »
  • Big venue with lots of activities going on both inside and outside of the field. The football game was a nail bitter and the concert that followed was absolutely wonderful.  more »
  • This is an outdated venue in one of the most dangerous areas in the southeast.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 »
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  • Lots of history here. In pretty good shape considering how old the place is and how many great games have been played here. I was here for UAB's spring game.
  • WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME...IT WAS AMAZING.... OUR FAMILY REUNION PICNIC...IN JESUS PRECIOUS NAME.... AMEN AMEN AND AMEN
  • I went to Legion Field for the Funk Fest. I took my daughters with me (our first time going). We were so excited!! We came early and had to wait in line for a very long time (expected that). When we finally got in, we wasn't showed where to go. There were no signs for general admission, but we did know we were not to go on the field (that was for VIP). We were able seat down in the bleachers. We were already high up and then had to move. We had to move 3 times. Need better directions for ppl who are new comers to shows(and no, my family was not the only ones who had to keep moving). The entertainment was great(especially Joe and BABYFACE)!! They had problems with the microphone for Ceelo (Goodie Mob)and Erykah Badu took too long to come out (I love them both). Some food were expensive, but good. The parking was easy to get in and out. Overall, my family had a good time.
  • Always a good time for football and entertainment events. Don't forget the clear bag and stadium seat policy.
  • We always have fun and find good Men's 😎😎😇😇