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Ground broken on proposed downtown open air stadium
              Birmingham, Alabama seal   12/13/2018

Ground was broken today on the $175 million open air stadium located near the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Representatives from various governments, groups, and individuals took part in the ceremony.

The new stadium is a major part of the upgrades that will be made to the BJCC, including Legacy Arena. No announcement has been made on stadium naming rights.

The stadium will seat between 45,000 and 55,000 and will be home to the Alliance of American Football's Birmingham Iron and the UAB Blazers.

Although a general contractor hasn't been named, the stadium is expected to be completed in time for the 2021 World Games.

The BJCC also provided updated design photographs for the stadium.
  
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Will the Birmingham Kings play in the Freedom Football League?
Freedom Football League logo   12/06/2018

It was announced today that a coalition of over 50 former National Football League players have come together to form a new professional football league, named the Freedom Football League.

The FFL will play in the spring and is targeting 10 cities for inaugural franchises. The Birmingham Kings were one of the teams named.

No start date was given in the announcement.
     
Will the Birmingham Queens play in the Women's Basketball Development Association?
Birmingham Queens logo   11/23/2018

The Women's Blue-Chip Basketball League has been purchased and rebranded as the Women's Basketball Development Association.

The new league will include a new local franchise, the Birmingham Queens.

The league is scheduled to being play in late April or early May of 2019.
     
Birmingham will join the NBA G League in 2021 or 2022
                        NBA G League logo   10/24/2018

At a press conference, the National Basketball Association's New Orleans Pelicans formally announce that they are placing a new NBA G League team in Birmingham.

However, due to renovations planned for the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, the team will most likely play one or two seasons in Erie, Pennsylvania before moving to Birmingham.
     
     
Alliance of American Football team to be named Birmingham Iron
Birmingham Iron logo   09/20/2018

The Alliance of American Football announce the names for four of the eight teams.

The local team will be called the Birmingham Iron.

Colors were also announced and the Iron's will be black, steel grey, silver, and white.

The other names released today are Atlanta Legends, Memphis Express, and Orlando Apollos.
     
     
What's in a name?
What's In A Name?   For the teams that suited up and played, you're probably well aware of their team names.

But what about the teams that were proposed but never played any games?

Do you think you know all their names?

You might remember some of them, but I'll bet there are a few you've never heard before.

Click here to check out my page dedicated to all the team names and find out just how good your memory really is!
     
 
Birmingham Legion name Tom Soehn as head coach
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08/16/2018

The Birmingham Legion name Tom Soehn, 52, as head coach. He most recently served as a scout for the Columbus Crew, after spending four years as an assistant coach and interim head coach with the New England Revolution.

Soehn won a MLS Cup as an assistant coach before claiming a U.S. Open Cup championship as head coach. As an MLS player, Soehn won his first U.S. Open Cup with Dallas and then two more Open Cups and an MLS Cup in three years playing for Chicago.

Soehn has played in numerous leagues; Major League Soccer, Major Indoor Soccer League, Canadian Soccer League, American Professional Soccer League, National Professional Soccer League, and Continental Indoor Soccer League.
     
 
Will the Birmingham Magicians play in the Southern Basketball Association?
Birmingham Magicians logo   07/05/2018

The Southern Basketball Association is announced by league commissioner Randy R. Lyons.

The city was one of eight named as inaugural franchises.

The league's website indicates that the Birmingham Magicians will play home games in Bill Harris Arena.

Tipoff is planned for May 2020.
     
     
Alliance of American Football awards inaugural franchise to Birmingham
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06/06/2018

Birmingham has been chosen as the seventh of eight cities to be a part of the new league set to kick off in February 2019.

The team will play in Legion Field until a new stadium is built downtown.

Also, former NFL defensive coordinator Tim Lewis was announced as the team's head coach.
     
     

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