UAB Stadium

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UAB Stadium was a proposed 25,000 to 30,000-seat horseshoe-shaped football stadium to be located between 4th and 6th Avenue South, west of 12th Street and backing up to I-65 on the UAB Campus.

The stadium would replace Legion Field as the home of the UAB Blazers football team. A proposed "Long Range Vision" for the campus drawn by KPS Group shows the field oriented north-south, slightly diagonal to the city grid, with its open end zone facing north into the corner of 4th Avenue South and 12th Street. Surface parking lots are indicated at the former Trinity Steel site west of the interstate, with new service roads paralleling the interstate right-of-way. The area south of the stadium, including the present site of the Medical Center Inn, would be redeveloped with more opportunities for active and passive recreation, putting the "greenest" side of the campus in view of the interstate.

UAB Athletic Department officials made visits to Akron University in Akron, Ohio; the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas as part of their study of the feasibility of an on-campus facility.

The proposal was made as part of an update to the "Long Range Vision" for the campus master plan submitted to the University of Alabama System's Board of Trustees in February 2011. Approval of the plan is expected in April 2011. No schedule has been set for construction.

Ultimately, UAB agreed to hold home games at the BJCC Stadium (later named Protective Stadium) at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

References

  • Wolfson, Hannah & Steve Irvine (February 3, 2011) "UAB planning on-campus stadium at Sixth Avenue South, 12th Street." The Birmingham News
  • Piper, Ben (February 4, 2011) "More details on UAB stadium plans" Birmingham Business Journal

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