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Old 04-25-2017, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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Always a balmy 1983 in Da Ham I guess. Whatever happened to the 45,000 seat open air stadium that was going to be awesome, and support mid-level bowls and possibly an MLS type team one day? Nope, can't have a logical idea like that. Revamping Legacy arena into something nice to attract good acts along with NCAA basketball type events? Nope, forget that, we want the NBA or NFL. Let's build a 900,000 seat monster dome and help host the CFB Playoff while being 2 hours from Atlanta.

Birmingham mayor has big plans for downtown sports venue | AL.com

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Old 04-25-2017, 01:33 PM
 
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Thats what you got out of that?

More likely is that they will build a 45-55k seat open air or dome in addition to renovating the BJCC which has already been able to land a few more conventions because of Top Golf and that they are courting the NBA and MLS. They also hope to land a marquee SEC game and continue to host the Classic and the bowl game in a newer better venue.

Recentl legislation has opened up new funding from Jefferson co. The mayor and council would prefer it to be a dome. So what? They want to position the city for more than just what it hosts now. What is wrong with that?
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:34 PM
 
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It's a superb idea. There are all kinds of things that can be done with one of those, from football games to a host of other athletic events to concerts and other events. I mean, just in the past couple of months, we've had a big boxing title match and the Davis Cup. In another couple of years, we're having the World Games. UAB will play its games there. NCAA basketball tourneys could come back. The Alabama high school football championships. MLS Soccer. NBA teams. A bigger, better bowl game. In addition to the SWAA conference championship, the Conference USA championship. And the list goes on and on.

Or we can just half-ass it like we've always done, thinking a year or two in advance, rather than decades. Your choice.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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Domes are relics of 80s. They are terrible.

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Or we can just half-ass it like we've always done, thinking a year or two in advance, rather than decades. Your choice.
An awesome open air stadium and a modernized Legacy is NOT a half-ass idea. It's perfect for this city. A huge, stupid dome is ridiculous.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:40 PM
 
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No one is advocating a "huge" dome. The mayor just wants to put a roof over the proposed 45-55k structure that has been suggested. Where are you getting that from?
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:44 PM
 
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No one is advocating a "huge" dome. The mayor just wants to put a roof over the proposed 45-55k structure that has been suggested. Where are you getting that from?
"We have feelers out for the NFL and NBA".

The NBA ain't going to come here to play in a dome. They need an arena, so they are out. The NFL isn't coming for a 45K seat stadium, dome or no dome.

Writer of the article is talking about rivaling the best venues in the country. That's insanity. To do that, it has to be big.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:47 PM
 
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If you go back to the last time the mayor spoke about this when he mentioned the NFL he was talking about a farm or spring league team. Apparently the NFL is thinking of starting one.

The NBA would/could play in the renovated Legacy Arena not necessarily in the dome..but those can be converted too. Look at where the Final Four was played this year.

A stadium can be nice with amenties and rival the best. Doesnt have to be big . Also a lot of NFL venues are crappy. Only the Taj Mahals get to host the Super Bowl. Many dont get considered. Bryant Denny is nicer than a lot of NFL venues.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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If you go back to the last time the mayor spoke about this when he mentioned the NFL he was talking about a farm or spring league team. Apparently the NFL is thinking of starting one.
I hope this happens, for BHM and for the principle of it regarding the NFL.

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The NBA would/could play in the renovated Legacy Arena not necessarily in the dome..but those can be converted too. Look at wherd the Final Four was played this year.
Yeah but my understanding is that it's a 45K open air coupled with a newer Legacy OR a new dome multi-use building.

My vote is for the former.
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:01 PM
 
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Always a balmy 1983 in Da Ham I guess. Whatever happened to the 45,000 seat open air stadium that was going to be awesome, and support mid-level bowls and possibly an MLS type team one day? Nope, can't have a logical idea like that. Revamping Legacy arena into something nice to attract good acts along with NCAA basketball type events? Nope, forget that, we want the NBA or NFL. Let's build a 900,000 seat monster dome and help host the CFB Playoff while being 2 hours from Atlanta.

[url=http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2017/04/birmingham_mayor_has_big_plans.html#incart_river_h ome_pop]Birmingham mayor has big plans for downtown sports venue | AL.com[/url]

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What's the problem ?
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Old 04-25-2017, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Yeah but my understanding is that it's a 45K open air coupled with a newer Legacy OR a new dome multi-use building.

My vote is for the former.
Everything I have seen says both but nothing is for certain until they formalize it and start digging. It has always been billed as an expansion not a replacdment but we will see.
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