UAB approves lease to play football at new Birmingham stadium

UAB approves lease to play football at new Birmingham stadium


IAN: IT’S BEEN A GREAT WEEK FOR
THE STADIUM PROJECT AND BJCC
RENOVATION IN DOWNTOWN
BIRMINGHAM. WVTM 13’S JEFF ELIASOPH SAYS
CRITICAL DOLLARS HAVE FINALLY
COME THROUGH. REPORTER: FROM THE DRAWING BOARD
TO ACTUALLY PUTTING PEOPLE IN
THE SEATS IS NOW SAID TO BE LESS
THAN THREE YEARS AWAY. ON MONDAY UAB APPROVED THE LEASE
TO PLAY BLAZERS HOME FOOTBALL
GAMES FOR 20 YEARS AT THE NEW
STADIUM WE’VE BEEN TALKING SO
MUCH ABOUT. BUT.>>YOU CAN ONLY GO SO FAR UNTIL
THE MONIES IN PLACE. REPORTER: AND INDEED THE NEXT
DAY BONDS WERE PRICED AND SOLD
TO FINANCE THE $175 MILLION
STADIUM AND $125 MILLION TO
UPGRADE LEGACY ARENA
A TOTAL OF $300 MILLION.>>NOW WE CAN BEGIN TO START
SERIOUS WORK. REPORTER: HERE’S WHAT ALL THE
EXCITEMENT ABOUT. WITH THE FINANCING NOW IN PLACE
AND UAB AGREEING TO PLAY HOME
FOOTBALL GAMES BEGINNING IN 2021
RIGHT BEHIND ME THEY’RE GOING TO
START TURNING DIRT RIGHT HERE BY
THE END OF THE YEAR. AND ANOTHER GOAL, CONTINUE ALL
THE WAY THROUGH FINAL
CONSTRUCTION TO KEEP 30% OF THE
CONTRACTORS OWNED BY WOMEN AND
TRADITIONALLY DISADVANTAGES
COMMUNITIES. BUILDING THE STADIUM IS THE
FIRST PRIORITY BECAUSE IN
ADDITION TO UAB FOOTBALL THE
GOAL IS TO HAVE IT UP AND
RUNNING THREE YEARS FROM THIS
VERY WEEK WHEN BIRMINGHAM HOSTS THE WORLD GAMES IN 202
A MAJOR INCENTIVE TO KEEP THE
CITY’S BIGGEST PROJECT ON
SCHEDULE. IN BIRMINGHAM, JEFF ELIASOPH,
WVTM

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1 Comment

  1. So the million dollar question is . . . will the Magic City Classic be played in the new stadium? Considering that it will seat 15,000 – 20,000 less people, the organizers of the MJC may NOT opt to play at the new stadium. However, I would be shocked if the SWAC Championship game wouldn't be held there.

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