Oporto National Guard Armory
The Oporto National Guard Armory is a former Alabama National Guard armory at 5601 Oporto-Madrid Boulevard near Lawson Field. Until 2009 the armory served as headquarters for the 20th Special Forces Group, one of two Army National Guard Special Forces Groups with battalions from Alabama, Maryland and Florida. Their base was relocated to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
In 1964, WSGN personality and concert promoter Dave Roddy moved his popular "Medallion Mondays" promotion with South Carolina's "Swingin' Medallions" to the Oporto Armory from the Airport Armory, which was about half the size. The venue also hosted "Tams' Tuesday". The armory continued to host concerts and events through the 1970s. The armory was used as a polling place for Birmingham Precinct 58, Area 7.
On May 29, 2018 the City of Birmingham purchased the 4.9 acres property and its three buildings, totaling 44,000 square feet, from the Armory Commission of Alabama for $10,000 in order to promote its redevelopment.