BBVA Field

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BBVA Field
Location800 11th Street South
Birmingham, AL
Coordinates33°29′53″N 86°48′45″W / 33.4980615°N 86.8125946°W / 33.4980615; -86.8125946Coordinates: 33°29′53″N 86°48′45″W / 33.4980615°N 86.8125946°W / 33.4980615; -86.8125946
OwnerUAB
OperatorUAB
Capacity5,000
Surfacegrass
Construction
OpenedOctober 2015
Expanded2018–2019
Tenants
UAB Blazers men's & women's soccer (NCAA) (2015–present)
Birmingham Legion FC (USLC)
(2019–present)

BBVA Field is a soccer-specific stadium located in Birmingham, Alabama, United States on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) that has served as the home field for both the UAB Blazers men's and women's soccer teams since its opening in October 2015 as the replacement for West Campus Field.[1] Development of the stadium was facilitated after BBVA Compass made a $1.5 million donation to the university for its construction in November 2014.[2]

In February 2018, the Board of Trustees approved a $7.3 million expansion of the facility from 2,500 to 5,000 seats.[3] The expansion was financed in part by the Birmingham Legion FC who agreed to an eight-year lease to play at the stadium starting in 2019 for $350,000 annually.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bakken, Jim (December 9, 2015). "Birmingham's newest sports venue, BBVA Compass Field at UAB, officially debuts". UAB News. University of Alabama at Birmingham. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "$1.5 million BBVA Compass gift supports on-campus soccer facility at UAB". BBVA Compass. November 7, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Goodman, Joseph (February 8, 2018). "Soccer team Birmingham Legion FC has a home, new stadium coming". AL.com. Alabama Media Group. Retrieved April 1, 2018.